Outcry over plan to cull elephants

This article offers great discussion and activities for an Upper Primary - School SOSE, Mathematics and English Unit.

Huge environmental problems have arisen for Kruger National Park in South Africa. There are too many elephants (some of which are rare species) in an area the size of Wales (Great Britain). Since poaching was banned in 1989, numbers have increased by an average of 6% per year. This article relates to conservation, environment, protection laws and dilemmas involving issues such as:

1. How to protect rare species when there is not enough vegetation to feed them.
2. Expense of the re-location.
3. The selling of ivory.

(Written by Jillian Wishart, BTeach student, University of Tasmania, 2001)

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