For local residents, it's a challenging process. The elephants are often hungry, and happy to decimate any crops they come across. But the gentle giants also bring prosperity - attracting more tourists to the region.
Driving across Namibia can be tricky, but the reward is inspiring landscapes. With environmental protection written into its constitution, Namibia is an ideal destination in the UN's year of sustainable tourism.
Tanzania's government still wants a hydroelectric dam built in a key wildlife reserve despite mounting appeals from UNESCO. The WWF conservation group says the project also threatens the livelihoods of 200,000 residents.
A global conference governing wildlife trade has voted against strengthening the ban on ivory sales. The result exposes divisions among African countries and experts over elephant conservation.
Illegal wildlife trade is often addressed as a problem of developing countries - yet the European Union also has plenty to do with it. The EU is above all a hub for trade routes of illicit wildlife products.
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