The killing of Botswana’s biggest “tusker” elephant by a trophy hunter has ignited fresh debate on the most divisive conservation issue in Africa.
The large bull, which was carrying 200lb (91kg) of ivory, was shot this month by a foreign visitor who had paid about $ 50,000 for the days-long hunt on Botswana’s northern border with Namibia.
Botswana’s former president, Ian Khama, whose ban on trophy hunting was lifted by his successor in 2019, was among the first to condemn the killing.
“An elephant that tour operators have constantly tried to show to tourists. And now, he’s dead, ”Khama, who stepped down in 2018, wrote on his Facebook page.
It is estimated that about 40 “hundred pounders” – elephants with at least one tusk weighing 100lb