All across Africa conservation groups are working to preserve populations of threatened elephants from threats like ivory poachers.
Recently, however, the South African government decided that the population in their country was sufficiently large to reinstate elephant culls.
The country banned elephant killing in 1995. Since then the population has grown from 8,000 to almost 20,000. Environment ministers say that this number of elephants is bad for both the exotic animals themselves and the South African environment as a whole. The country’s most famous game reserve, Kruger National Park, has 12,500 elephants, more than 5,000 above the sustainable total.