I was saddened to read that Botswana had lifted its ban on hunting elephants and utterly dismayed to learn it’s seeking to sell off ivory stockpiles (Wild news, August 2019).
My wife and I went on a safari last year, and we chose Botswana because of its excellent conservation record. Maybe there are too many elephants there to be sustainable, but that is because it is a safe haven for them. Rather than reducing numbers by hunting, the creation of a network of protected habitats is needed in adjacent countries. Gary Price, via email
Editor Paul McGuinness says: The CITES summit rejected a proposal by Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia that would have allowed them to sell their ivory stockpiles.