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Namibia To Sell 170 Live Elephants

Female elephants stroll on the Kulen Prom Tep Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey province on December 1, 2020. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP)


Namibia is placing 170 dwell elephants up on the market to curb rising tusker populations below strain from drought and territorial battle with people.

An commercial for the sale of 170 “high value” elephants was carried Wednesday by a state-owned day by day newspaper, New Era.

The ministry says the elephants are being offered “due to drought and increase in elephant numbers coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences.”

The sparsely-populated semi-arid southern African nation is house to some 28,000 elephants, in keeping with official estimates.

Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta informed AFP that the federal government backed the coverage of promoting dwell animals after being criticised for taking pictures elephants to manage overpopulation.

“We decided -– after research -– to sell them instead,” he mentioned.

The elephant inhabitants had dwindled to about 5,000 animals at independence in 1990, however elevated phenomenally due to a globally-lauded conservation programme.

The commercial mentioned pachyderms on sale would comprise whole herds with a view to protect the vital social construction in elephant communities — infants or juveniles won’t be left behind.

Shifeta warned that Namibia wouldn’t recklessly promote the elephants to consumers, saying “we have to make sure that the country is conducive.”

For export functions, the consumers should be certain that CITES necessities are met by each exporting and importing states for the commerce to be authorised, in keeping with the discover.

In October, 100 wild buffalo went up on the market in Namibia.

Last 12 months the federal government supplied on the market round 1,000 animals together with 600 buffalo, 150 springboks, 60 giraffes and 28 elephants.

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