Kenya's corruption and poorly managed land agencies also led to a decline in it's wildlife. Bad land management leads to increased illegal poaching and unregulated ranching. Poverty was also widespread at the time, which in turn leads to an increase in poaching. Local communities were also excluded from such management.
Botswana is doing Just Fine
In 2014, Botswana outlawed all commercial trophy hunting within it's borders. As expected, this infuriated the hunting industry, who in turn shouted out all sorts of alarmist projections.
However, according to Wildlife photographic companies, wildlife areas under photographic tourism delivered 1000 times more benefits toBotswana than the hunting areas. Photographic tourism pays much greaterdividends in terms of salaries and wages, skill transfers, training, associatedbusinesses like airlines, restaurants, hotels, goods and service suppliers.Also much greater benefit to the Government in termstaxes.
Each and every hunting area is now being converted or is in a process of beingconverted to photographic tourism. Even some of the so-called "marginal areas".There are those in the hunting industry who are stirring trouble, but that isall "baloney". The only people who are suffering are those employed by thehunting industry as trackers and those are not employable withtheir current "skills". The decision by the Government was a simple one – they were simply notgetting the benefits they expected from the vast tracts of land allocated tohunting. Although there has been a couple alarmist projections, these are nothing more than "hunter propaganda.