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Zimbabwe sells 100 elephants to China, Dubai

AFP  |  Harare 

has sold nearly 100 elephants to and for a total price of USD 2.7 million over six years, the country's wildlife agency said Wednesday, citing overpopulation.

told AFP Zimbabwe's elephants were overcrowding national parks, encroaching into human settlements, destroying crops and posing a risk to human life.

"We have 84,000 elephants against a carrying capacity of 50,000," he said, justifying the sales. "We believe in sustainable use of resources, so we sell a few elephants to take care of the rest.

Farawo said 200 people have died in "human-and-animal conflict" in the past five years, "and at least 7,000 hectares of crop have been destroyed by elephants".

The animals' natural habitat has been depleted by climate change, he added, while recurrent droughts have added to strain on the overburdened national parks, forcing the pachyderms to seek and water further afield.

Farawo said money from the legal sales was allocated to anti-poaching projects, conservation work, research and welfare.

According to the Chronicle newspaper, 93 elephants were safely airlifted to parks in and four to between 2012 and 2018, They were sold in a price range of between $13,500 and $41,500 each.

Botswana, Namibia, and have called for a global ban on ivory trade to be relaxed due to the growing number of elephants in some regions.

But over the past decade, the population of elephants across has fallen by about 111,000 to 415,000, largely due to poaching for ivory, according to the (IUCN).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 20:41 IST
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