UAE nationals detained for hunting in Somaliland

Bidhaan Dahir

BBC Somali service

Eight men from the United Arab Emirates have been detained in the self-declared republic of Somaliland after being accused of illegally hunting for wildlife.

The men would "face justice" following their arrested at the airport in the capital, Hargeisa, as they were about to fly out, Somaliland wildlife director Nasir Hussein said.

It is unclear which animals they were allegedly hunting for.

Wildlife in Somaliland includes gazelles and cheetahs, though there are not many.

Last month, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) said its staff in Hargeisa were caring for six cubs that had been rescued after smugglers had been intercepted off the Somaliland coast.

Six other cubs, which were extremely dehydrated and malnourished, had died, it said.

Poached cubs originate mainly from Ethiopia, northern Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland, and are destined for the Arabian Peninsula, the CCF said.

Scene in Hargeisa, capital of Somaliland
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Few tourists visit Somaliland, which is not internationally recognised
Where whales are cut up for meat
After 33 years, Japanese fishermen are once again carrying out commercial whaling.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

High elephant numbers have led to conflict with people
Botswana has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, which has been in place for five years. 

The southern African country, which has a large population of elephants, says their numbers are now so high that they are coming into conflict with farmers. 

However, elsewhere in Africa, elephant populations are declining rapidly due to poaching and conservationists are concerned about the impact of Botswana's decision. 

Thabiso Monageng, a youth advocate, explains why he is in favour of lifting the ban and then Dr. Louise de Waal - a responsible tourism consultant in Cape Town - gives her thoughts.

(Photo: Elephants at the Mashatu game reserve, Botswana. Credit: Getty Images)