By Mtokozisi Dube
Botswana is planning to introduce a special budget for the war on poaching. The money will also be used to curb the illegal trade in ivory, which has a huge market in Asia.
President Ian Khama said protecting endangered animals had gone beyond being a sector’s responsibility but demands to be a national effort.
“Botswana is proud that it is home to a healthy population of elephants. While we do have challenges in managing the impact of our elephants on their habitat and conflict with local communities, we consider ourselves fortunate that illegal off-take has not become a serious threat to our elephants so far,” said Khama.