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Title: Elephant management: a scientific assessment of South Africa
Authors: Scholes, RJ
Mennell, K
Keywords: Elephant management
Adaptive management
Ecosystem management
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Wits University Press
Citation: Scholes, RJ and Mennell, K (ed). 2008. Elephant management: a scientific assessment of South Africa. Wits University Press, pp 655
Abstract: As a conse quence of the rising number of elephants in protected areas in South Africa, the ecosystems that contain elephants and the people that live adjacent to elephant populations are perceived to be coming under increasing threat. The control of elephant populations by culling has been under a moratorium since the mid-1990s. Attempts to resolve differences of opinion between the authorities responsible for elephant management in the country, private elephant owners, animal rights and biodiversity conservation organisations in South Africa and abroad, and representatives of local communities, have to date not led to a widely agreed future course of action. In 2006, the Minister for Environment Affairs and Tourism convened a Science Round Table to advise on the issue. The Round Table recommended that a Scientific Assessment of Elephant Management be undertaken. This book is the result of that Assessment, undertaken during 2007, on the authority of the Minister. The Assessment is the first activity in a proposed elephant research programme, which aims to reduce the uncertainties regarding the consequences of various elephant management strategies. The Assessment of South African Elephant Management focuses on the interactions between elephants, humans and the ecosystems in which they occur and, in particular, on the possible way elephants could be managed based on their ecology, biology and social significance.
Description: Copyright: 2008 Wits University Press
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/2983
ISBN: 978 1 86814 479 2
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