Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Off Wildlife

Posted on:06 May 2016 14:34:02
Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Off Wildlife
06 May 2016 Current Affairs: Drought-hit Zimbabwe has invited local farmers and private game rangers to buy wild animals as it destocks national game reserves to save fauna from starvation, the wildlife authority .Parks and wildlife authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya.

But the cash-strapped country has been battling to reduce its animals  especially elephants whose population is more than twice what the parks can accommodate.

A notice in a state newspaper invited "members of the public with the capacity to acquire and manage wildlife" to make offers to buy.Zimbabwe has in recent years resorted to exporting elephants to countries like China in a bid to raise funds and cut the ballooning population.

The drought has left at least a quarter of the population in need of food aid and President Robert Mugabe in February declared many parts of the rural areas in a "state of disaster".The drought has further strained national parks that are already burdened by the growing numbers of species like elephants.

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