Maraya Cornell

OPINION: Botswana’s Hunting Ban Deserves Better from the New York Times

By Maraya Cornell A recent article in the New York Times casts Botswana’s hunting ban, enacted just under two years ago, as the disastrous move of a nation acting under the spell of Western animal rights activism. The author, Norimitsu Onishi, who is the paper’s bureau chief for southern Africa, blames the ban for swelling…

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Crime, Corruption, Funds: Tanzania’s Conservation Challenges

By Maraya Cornell Recently, I interviewed the Tanzanian Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu, for National Geographic News, inviting him to respond to charges that Tanzania isn’t doing enough to protect its elephants—charges that have surfaced with renewed urgency in the wake of catastrophic results from last year’s nation-wide elephant census. Tanzania, which…

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You Could Go to Jail for Tweeting This in Tanzania

By Maraya Cornell Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has signed into law a controversial “Cybercrimes Act,” it was announced Friday. Critics say the law gives police broad powers of search and seizure and makes it a crime to share information online that the government deems “false” or “misleading.” One piece of information that would likely fall…

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Q&A: Walking for Elephants: One Man’s Journey Across Kenya

By Maraya Cornell On March 14, Jim Justus Nyamu, a 39-year-old Kenyan conservationist and elephant research scientist, completed a 283-mile-walk (455 km) from Emali to Voi in Kenya. Nyamu passed through the Amboseli and Tsavo ecosystems, both critical refuges for Kenya’s elephant populations. By walking for elephants as part of his Ivory Belongs to Elephants…

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