The Kruger National Park has an elephant-sized problem: its elephant herds have grown too large, and are beginning to overrun the park, threatening to homogenize its many different and delicate eco-zones.
Having dismissed other solutions as impractical, park authorities settled on a policy, last year, of resuming their annual elephant cull, to prevent permanent damage to the Kruger environment. A cull moratorium had been in effect since 1996.
The move pitted park conservationists against animal-rights activists and outside scientists, although many in civil society’s environmental arena support culling, in the interests of fostering biodiversity.
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Now, however, reports indicate that the park has halted its cull plans for the time being – not a single elephant has yet been killed – and will review the policy again. Doubtless the possibility of adverse public relations factored into this decision.