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August 15, 2014

Elephants roam widely and thrive in Botswana

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
Associated Press

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Despite dire news about ivory poaching in Africa, Botswana is a rare bright spot. It has about 200,000 elephants and the population is growing.

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK, Botswana — No sign of an elephant in all of two minutes, a tourist teased a guide at Botswana's Chobe National Park, home to tens of thousands of elephants. A minute later, their vehicle cleared a knot of shrubs and elephants loomed ahead beside the dusty road.


 
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