As elephants herds across Africa get decimated for the ivory trade and conservation groups call for tougher action the honorary president of World Wildlife Fund Spain – King Juan Carlos I – has gone on an elephant hunt in Botswana.
His trip has caused fury across Spain mainly because of the cost at a time of extreme austerity but as head of the WWF locally his action are not setting a very good example for conservationists trying to save the elephant.
Uncontrolled killing of elephants across Africa.
Last year was deemed to be the worst year for elephant poaching since the ban in ivory trading came into effect over 20 years ago in 1989. This year hundreds of elephants have been slaughtered across central Africa to meet a growing trade in ivory and tusks.
While Botswana may have a well managed stock of elephants and an official hunt is unlikely to put at risk its elephant population the timing of this hunting holiday demonstrates a lack of awareness of the elephant situation by the King. This is a real concern as he’s supposed to be the national head of a global wildlife conservation organisation and should be setting an example.
Honorary president of WWF Spain goes elephant hunting.
The cost of the King Juan Carlos’ elephant hunting trip came to about USD24,500 while no news has been released about the number of elephants that the honorary president of the WWF Spain killed it known that he suffered a fractured hip after a falling off a step while on holiday.
The King went hunting in the Botswana Okavango region and had been out hunting for 4 days before the accident happened and had to be flown home in his private jet.
The Okavango region – it’s the World’s largest river delta – is becoming increasingly popular with tourists because of its rich diversity of life and many large mammals – a favourite for wildlife tourists.
Botswana allows hunting to control herd numbers.
Botswana continues to allow hunting in the region as a way to manage and control elephant numbers.
While there may be a place for game hunting – including that of elephants – for control of herd size and to help boost incomes for local people you have to ask whether King Juan Carlos made a very good decision to go elephant hunting considering his position with WWF and the public concerns over the uncontrolled and runaway poaching and killing of elephants.