Botswana, a country in Africa, is home to one of the largest elephant populations in the world. When poaching increasingly threatened the elephants, Botswana adopted a strict policy against the practice by instating anti-poaching units, which were managed well and helped protect the wildlife for years in the country.
Things changed when Botswana’s new President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, was sworn into office in May. One of his first steps as president was to remove the anti-poaching units. Since then, the world has been shocked to learn that hundreds of elephants have been poached for their ivory tusks. Activists and scientists are helping to calculate just how many elephants were lost in a recent spate of poaching, and they’re asking President Masisi to fix the issue.
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