Elephants in the Chobe National Park in Botswana on March 3, 2013. (Charmaine Noronha / AP)

This post has been updated with a statement from the Botswana government.

When the Okavango River arrives, the Kalahari Desert in Botswana branches out into a fan-shaped network of veins that forms the Okavango Delta lush.

UNESCO World Heritage site, the delta smatoos.kr about 5,791 square miles in northern Botswana. The oasis is home to more than 2,000 Species of animals and plant life, including elephants, rhinoceroses and the endangered African wild dog. Described as " 컨버스 오프 화이트 척 70 리셀 "It draws thousands of visitors annually.

But recently, conservationists have come across a disturbing discovery of the famed wildlife sanctuary: the bodies of 87 elephants, many of whom boron brutal injuries consist of their being killed for their tusks.

"I'm shocked, I'm completely astounded," Mike Chase, founder of the Elephants Without Borders 오프 화이트 유행 the BBC. "The scale of the poaching elephant is by far the largest I've seen or read about anywhere in Africa to date."

On Tuesday, the Botswana government 온라인 카지노 a statement disputing the group's claims, calling the statistics "false and misleading."

According to the statement, Elephants Without Borders only reported on 53 elephant carcasses while conducting aerial wildlife surveys supported by the government between July and August. An additional "verification mission ... established that the majority was not poached but rather died from natural causes and retaliatory killings as a result of human and wildlife conflicts," the statement said.

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Chase carpanda.kr National Geographic each of the 87 dead elephants has a GPS rental and every one of them has four people aboard the plane, including a government employee. Voice recordings were also taken during the flights, Chase said.

"I am an objective scientist, with no political agenda," he said. "I am sad that our government has responded in this way."

Botswana is home to the largest elephant populations in Africa, more than 130,000, according to the 카지노 사이트 which is considered to be the largest wildlife survey in history. 350,000 elephants in 18 African countries.

In a tweet Monday, Elephants Without Borders Described the recent rate of poaching as "alarming."

"When I compare this to figures and data from the Great Elephant Census, which we conducted in 2015, we are recording the number of fresh poached elephants than anywhere else in Africa," Chase told BBC.

An elephant carcass is described as "fresh" when it is killed, but a majority of elephants found in the delta, NPR 안전 놀이터 , citing an Elephant Poaching Incident Report Reference written by Chase.

According to the report, all carcasses were "presumed to be poached" because "all of them had their skulls chopped to remove their tusks." The wide range of classification and age of the dead elephants indicated to "poaching frenzy" that "has have been in the same area for a long time. "

Poachers had attempted to conceal the "mounds of rotting flesh" with drying bushes, the report said.

In addition to the elephants, the BBC reported.

About May, the government made a controversial to disarm Botswana's anti-poaching unit, just one month after President Mokgweetsi Masisi was sworn into office, according to the BBC. It's a move that goes against Botswana's policy against poachers, which had garnered praise from conservationists for its " 오프 화이트 플란넬 15fw "Stance.

"Chase told the BBC."

He added: "The poachers are now turning their guns to Botswana. We have the world's largest population and it's open season for poachers. "

In its statement, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks' (DWNP) anti-poaching unit contributed to the rise in poaching.

Since the 1980s, the country has instructed all its security agencies to take part in the anti-poaching effort, a practice that is still ongoing, the statement said.

"The recent decision, the government said," has continued to play a role in anti-poaching operations and anti-poaching units in DWNP continues to play a pivotal role in combating wildlife crime through other strategic interventions. "

Given the country's harsh anti-poaching policies, Botswana has long known a place where wildlife can thrive, largely free from human threats.

In a adko.kr created by British actor and filmmaker Tom Hardy, Chase described the area's elephants as "political refugees."

"They fled to the safety and security of Botswana, moving away from poaching," he said at the time.

In the same series, Tshekedi Khama, Botswana 's Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, explained the country' s low tolerance for poachers to the market.

"It's a culture. We have to kill the starch to culture, "Khama said. "That is one of the reasons why, in Botswana, with our anti-poaching unit, we do not want to question the poacher. And that is a position we have adopted to a clear message to say, 'If you want to come back and poach in Botswana, let's go back to your country alive.' "

The politics also applied to locals, Khama said, adding that even if poachers put their weapons down, they would still be shot.

That same year, President Ian Khama, Tshekedi Khama's brother, also issued a ban on hunting of wildlife 사설 토토 사이트 .

This summer, officials 조던 오프 화이트 레플 they would begin reviewing the country called on the government in June to consider the national parks.

Botswana's wildlife is not sitting well with conservationists.

"Botswana," Chase told BBC, noting that the recent rash of poaching-related deaths "requires urgent and immediate action by the Botswana government."

"Our new president must uphold Botswana's legacy and tackle this problem quickly," he said. "Tourism is vitally important for our economy, jobs, and international reputation, which is at stake here being a safe stronghold for elephants."

On social media, news of the elephants' untimely deaths was with outrage.

This Is Africa, a local English-language magazine, 오프 화이트 세일 at Masisi, demanding the government take action.

"A month after you were sworn in you disarmed the anti-poaching unit. Why? "The Monday tweet said. "Save the elephants in Botswana and stop the poaching. Botswana is the last refuge for these elephants and they must be conserved. "

American celebrities, including actress and singer Vanessa Williams, also chimed in. Williams posted a graphic photo of one of the dead elephants to Instagram, writing, "Botswana WAS the last sanctuary of hope for our precious wildlife with a government that used to understand that value of protecting our wildlife."

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Some were even reminded of President Trump's recent decision to lift the US ban on importing tusks and other elephant body parts as hunting trophies. In March, the US Fish and Wildlife Service said it would issue a sporting case for sports items on a "case-by-case basis," The Washington Post's Eli Rosenberg reported.

In response to the backlash, the Botswana government remained unwavering.

"The Government of Botswana wishes to condemn in the strongest terms possible that they give false impression that they love Botswana wildlife more than citizens of Botswana," the statement said. "Government wishes to reiterate the fact that it will remain a national heritage and our citizens will protect it at all costs."

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