Namibia puts 170 “high value” wild elephants up for sale due to drought and increased population

Namibia’s environmental ministry on December 2 said that the southern African country, due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, has put 170 “high value” wild elephants up for sale.

The Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism said that it would put on sale, the animals to anyone in Namibia or abroad who could meet the strict criteria that include quarantine facilities and a game-proof fence certificate for the property where the elephants will be kept.

In an advertisement carried by state-owned daily New Era, it has been said that the sale of the large mammal has been prompted by an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict. The mammal, due to poaching and ecological factors, is at risk of extinction.

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