Chobe National Park — Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory  — some with tusks still intact. Elephants Without Borders (EWB) claimed two weeks ago that it had discovered at least 87 elephant carcasses during a routine aerial survey of conservation areas, suggesting a sudden spike in killings in recent months. The claims led to global media attention and questions were raised about Botswana's antipoaching efforts. But officials demanded to see EWB′s proof and subsequent visits to the Chobe National Park located just 19 corpses — only six of which were found to be poaching victims. ′Normal deaths′ "Last year, the whole year, we lost about 81 elephants. So I can say it's just normal, like any other year, we haven't recorded any mass killing," said Churchill Collyer, the deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Officials added tha...

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