Elephant Management in South Africa

Elephant Management in South Africa

Perhaps some of you have recently heard about the dilemma facing elephant management in South Africa, particularly the burgeoning population in Kruger National Park, and the proposal to reinstate elephant culling as a measure to control populations. If you are interested in this debate, and want to learn more, I wanted to let you know that we recently completed a 'Scientific Assessment of South African Elephant Management' which was submitted to the Minister of Environmental Affairs & Tourism in December 2007. This Assessment and the 'Summary for Policy Makers' is now publically available. I (Brandon Anthony, a MESPOM faculty from CEU) was asked to be a contributing author for Chapter 7 (Controlling the Distribution of Elephant), and my PhD work led to much of the data for Wayne Twine's Chapter 4 (Interactions between Elephant & People). Out of over 30 institutions (~63 authors) that were involved in this Assessment, only our CEU Department and one other (Wageningen University) were non-South African. This shows me that we can still have a strong influence on policy in relatively distant parts of the world and be seated at our desks at Nádor u. 9!