While conservationists across the world
are raising an alarm over
depleting numbers of elephants, wildlife managers in
South Africa's Kruger
National Park are trying to
check its jumbo population
by culling. But under fire
from animal rights activists,
they have decided to reduce
culling by half. "In order to
maintain an ecological balance, animals have to be
taken out," says conservation
officer Chris Vonderlender.
Since the '60s, culling has been going on with 300-400 pachyderms being drugged and shot each year. While in most parts of Africa elephants have nearly become extinct due to poaching, in South Africa and Zimbabwe, they are in excess. But animal rights activists have alleged that culling is being done more for commercial reasons than for conservation. Each elephant carcass is converted into products worth more than US $22,000. South Africa is now lobbying for revocation of the international ban in the trade of elephant products which was imposed in 1989.
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