Dr David Zimmermann
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26 Aug 2021
5:40 am

Elephant population growth unsustainable for size of Addo National Park

Dr David Zimmermann

Contraceptive vaccine keeps growing numbers in check

This photo taken on July 20, 2021 shows a conservation worker (R) standing near elephants as they walk in a forest in the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Centre in Xishuangbanna in southwest China's Yunnan province. - An elephant in the street is now a common sight for residents of the animals' home territory on the Myanmar-Laos border, where a recovering elephant population is being squeezed into ever-shrinking habitat, leading to growing human-elephant conflict. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY China-animal-nature-conservation by Dan Martin

Historically, elephants were widespread in Africa, from the Mediterranean in the north, to the Cape. In southern Africa, local San inhabitants led early European settlers into the interior, where they encountered herds of elephant. This area is still rich in San rock art depicting elephants work by Paterson and Parkington (2007) concluded that the San had been “symbiotically, symbolically and spiritually linked to elephants” over tens of thousands of years. They did not see elephant as a commodity but with the settlers came the demand for ivory elephants were seen as “valuable” in Europe and there was a perceived endless...