Archive | November 8, 2016

“Elephant poaching costing African nations millions in lost tourism revenue”

Tourists watch an elephant in Amboseli national park, Kenya. The study found that the revenue losses were higher than paying for stronger anti-poaching measures.


Researchers looked at visitor and elephant data across 25 countries, and modelled financial losses from fewer visitors in protected areas due to the illegal wildlife trade, which has caused elephant numbers to plummet by more than 100,000 in the last decade. They concluded that Africa was most likely losing $25m in tourism revenue a year.