One of Africa’s last elephant havens has seen a worrying spike in ivory poaching

New reports have shown Botswana continues to be a poaching hotspot.

“Demand for ivory from East Asia remains high, though there is some indication of a Chinese slowdown. Strong demand, combined with the growing market for bushmeat, continues to drive elephant poaching across African range states. While the Chinese upcoming domestic ivory ban is a welcome move in the right direction, it’s not enough. From a policy perspective, it has to be complementary to demand reduction efforts, not a substitute for them.”