The strange story of Botswana’s elephant massacre

On 3 September 2018, BBC News reported that “Carcases of nearly 90 elephants have been found near a famous wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, conservationists say.” The story was widely reported on by the world’s media. The source of the story is an organisation called Elephants Without Borders, which is currently…

Fortress conservation in Kahuzi-Biéga National Park: Evictions and extrajudicial killing

The Kahuzi-Biéga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1970 by a Belgian photographer and conservationist Adrien Deschryver. In creating the park, almost 6,000 Batwa indigenous people were violently evicted from the area. In 1980, Kahuzi-Biéga became a World Heritage Site. Since 1997, it has been…

Guest Post by Ellie Williams: “I am honey at the top”

The Sengwer are indigenous people who live in the Embobut forest, in the Cherangani Hills, in western Kenya. Since British colonial rule they have faced violent eviction from their traditional lands. In recent years the evictions have intensified. The Kenya Forest Service has carried out repeated evictions – in the…