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Chase told National Geographic each of the 87 dead elephants has a GPS location and every survey flight had four people aboard the plane, including a government employee. Voice recordings were also taken during the flights, Chase said.
“I am an objective scientist, with no political agenda,” he said. “I am sad that our government has responded in this way.”
Botswana is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa, more than 130,000, according to the Great Elephant Census,which canada goose premium outlet is considered to be the largest wildlife survey in history. The census found about 350,000 elephants in 18 African countries.
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In addition to the elephants, five white rhinoceroses had also been poached from the area in recent months, the BBC reported.
About four months ago in May, the government made a controversial to disarm Botswana’s anti poaching unit, just one canada goose outlet store montreal month after President Mokgweetsi Masisi was sworn into office, according to the BBC. It’s a move that goes against Botswana’s former policy against poachers, which canada goose outlet uk fake had garnered praise from conservationists for its “shoot to kill” stance.
“People did warn us of an impending poaching problem and we thought we were prepared for it,” Chase told the BBC.
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In a 2013 documentary created by British actor and filmmaker Tom Hardy, Chase described the area’s elephants as “political refugees.”
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