Namibia culls ten ‘harmful’ elephants to guard farmers, crops

WINDHOEK — Wildlife authorities in Namibia culled ten elephants over the previous month after they moved into farming areas and destroyed crops throughout harvest season, a spokesman stated on Saturday.

The animals had been shot after they endangered human lives within the north of the nation and had been marked as harmful, stated Ministry of Surroundings, Forestry and Tourism spokesman Romeo Muyunda.


He stated the choice was essential to guard farmers and their crops. The carcasses have been given as compensation to neighborhood members whose harvests have been broken.

“Usually throughout this season persons are terrorized by elephants. We had no selection however to be proactive,” Muyunda stated, including nevertheless that problematic elephants can solely be put down if no different answer may be discovered.

Like various different African nations, Namibia has grappled with balancing safety for species like elephants with managing the hazard they pose once they encroach on areas of human habitation.


The nation has loved worldwide assist for a conservation drive that has seen its elephant inhabitants develop from simply over 7,500 in 1995 to 24,000 final yr, based on authorities figures. (Reporting by Nyasha Nyaungwa; Enhancing by Emma Rumney and James Drummond)