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  • Culling of Elephants in the Kruger National Park

    by Nigel Ivy 11. November 2010 10:00

    I just found this article on Twitter, and I must say this is a subject that gets my blood boiling. It seems that we have a bunch of unimformed puppets that are calling the shots on these subjects. There hasn't been culling or population control of elephants in the Kruger since the eighties, and it's starting to show. There are well over 10,000 elephants in the Kruger and yet it is estimated that the park can only sustain around 6,000 elephants! I'm no rocket scientist, but my maths is pretty good and that is a fairly big gap...

    We CANNOT make decisions on environmental affairs based on our emotions, it will lead to the destruction of our ecosystem and that my friends is a hard fact! I understand the implications involved in culling elephants - that due to their social structures you have to cull the entire herd as a whole and not just old adults. But, I ask you with tears in my eyes, how many shrubs, insects, grasses etc. will we allow to become extinct all to save a few elephant when they are so numerous!? When will we think about the MOST inportant aspect of conservation - the SOIL!!! Without soil we don't have elephants, trees, grass, cute little fluffy zebra...

    Soil conservation is the most important thing in Africa today (possibly more important than water), and yet the "ecological experts" are ignoring this. South Africa's BIGGEST export is soil - soil that is washed down into the sea due to erosion caused by bad conservation.

    We need to take responsibility of the population of elephants in the Kruger and cull. It has been proven that relocation of elephants is not ecoonomically viable or sustainable due to the fact that elephants have to be relocated a long distance from where they started, otherwise they will travel HUGE distances right back to where they started, crossing rivers and fences. Why do we want to use something as un-natural as contraceptives? It goes against nature entirely, and yet death is completely natural. Has anyone given thought to what the detremental effect elephants with contraception urinating on shrubs and insects will have? Is it worth causing grasses, insects etc. to become extinct all for more elephants than we need?

    It's a hard pill to swallow, but we need to step up to the cup and face the damage us humans have caused - we need to cull elephants in the Kruger. We need to remove the people in high political positions who are calling the shots based on emotions and replace them with competant conservationists that will make authorised and educated decisions based on the conservation of the ecosystem as a whole, rather than just one species.

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