Now, no elephants will be permitted to be ridden in Botswana. Abu Camp, the only facility that previously allowed elephant back riding in the country, has been directed to terminate its elephant back safaris.

Botswana is considered the international custodian of the African elephant and has the world’s greatest herds. At the CITES convention it voluntarily changed to the maximum Appendix One status, seeking their further protection.Botswana has also refused to sell it stockpiled ivory and has disallowed all hunting on state land.