Science – not guns – sought for management of South Africa’s elephants
“IFAW believes that non-culling solutions to elephant population management do exist, and it is our hope that, with supporting evidence from the scientific community, the South African government will come to the same conclusion and spare our elephants from a deadly cull,” said IFAW’s Southern Africa Regional Director, Jason Bell-Leask.
“Some international media have reported that South Africa is moving forward with an elephant cull,” added Bell-Leask. “This is simply untrue. While culling has not been ruled out altogether, it is not going forward at this time. IFAW is very pleased that the Minister has taken the step to invest in scientific research, and we dearly hope this indicates a long-term intention to ensure an ethical approach to elephant management,” added Bell-Leask.
IFAW has supported scientific elephant research projects in Southern Africa for more than a decade. Some studies have determined that man-made factors such as placement of artificial water holes and fencing are among those to blame for locally high numbers of elephants. More information is available in IFAW’s report, The Debate on Elephant Culling in South Africa – an Overview, which may be downloaded at www.ifaw.org.
*IFAW’s publication The Debate on Elephant Culling in South Africa – an Overview (2005) is available in pdf format on www.ifaw.org or please telephone should you require a printed copy.