Most wildlife biologists back some version of lifting the elephant-trading ban. Among them is David Cummings of the World Wide Fund for Nature. His studies show that both the numbers of humans and the numbers of domestic livestock in Zimbabwe have reached their carrying capacity. Add an elephant population twice the size the land can carry, and you will see a dim future for Africa's wildlife.
I may have gotten a glimpse of what wildlife would be like if Zimbabwe's proposals are not seriously considered. In a highly secured area near Matusadonha National Park, I saw one of the few surviving black rhinos. Warden Zephania Muketiwa had taken me through a series of security checkpoints manned by an anti-poaching force.