Conservation Conundrum

Effort: 10 minutes

+10 Points


(1) $100 gift certificate


The President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, recently made news by proposing to send 20,000 elephants to Germany. This bold idea came after some European governments wanted to ban trophy hunting. Trophy hunting is when people pay to hunt certain animals, like elephants, which brings in money for Botswana's communities and conservation efforts. It also helps balance the number of elephants because there are so many. Having too many elephants can be dangerous for people and can ruin farms. However, not everyone agrees with hunting elephants. Some people think we should focus on eco-tourism instead. Eco-tourism is when tourists pay to see animals alive in their natural habitat. It's a way to make money while keeping animals safe. This situation makes us think about the best ways to protect animals and help local communities at the same time. You can read more about Botswana's Elephant Issue here.

Your Task:
You've taken on the role of a Conservation Manager at a wildlife sanctuary, and it's your job to devise a plan that addresses elephant conservation while considering community well-being.

  1. Team Up: Work with a friend to think about the elephant problem in Botswana. Talk about the good and bad points of trophy hunting and eco-tourism. Consider how they affect elephants, people living nearby, and what will have the best outcome for people and animals.

  2. Decision Making: After talking it over, choose what you think is the best way to help elephants. You might stick with trophy hunting, prefer eco-tourism, mix both ideas, or come up with something totally new.

  3. Justify Your Choice: Write a short explanation (1-2 paragraphs) of your plan. Describe how your idea helps the sanctuary, keeps people safe, and is the right thing to do for the animals.

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