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Debate African elephants in Kruger National Park – South Africa

Students given a 20 minute presentation on the status of the African elephant population numbers, impact of poaching etc. Narrow down to Kruger National Park – how elephants are well managed and protected from poaching. Issue then too many elephants in relation to carrying capacity – loss of vegetation leas to deforestation

Students then debate (2 groups)

• Should we protect elephants

• Use ivory to sell which is contrary to CITES criteria

This method could be adapted to other issues as applicable for the subject being studied.