Namibia to auction 170 elephants due to drought, increased population

Namibia to auction 170 elephants due to drought, increased population

- Increase in elephant population in Namibia has forced the country to put up 170 of them for sale out of thousands of elephants in its possession

- Apart from the increase in population factor, drought is also one of the reasons why the authorities in Namibia made the decision

- Criteria to purchase the animals have been rolled out to interested buyers in the country and those in the diaspora

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Namibia has put 170 elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in population.

The disclosure was made on Wednesday, December 2, by the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Tourism, which said it would auction the animals to anyone in Namibia or in the diaspora who could meet the strict criteria, How Africa reports.

The criteria include quarantine facilities and a game-proof fence certificate for the property where the elephants will be kept.

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Any foreigner purchasing the animals must also provide proof that their countries will allow the importation of the large mammals.

Namibia To Auction 170 Elephants Over Drought, Increased Population
170 elephants in Namibia have been put up for sale by the government. Photo credit: World Nomads
Source: UGC

Namibia is experiencing an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict, and this is what motivated the sale of the large mammals.

There were about 75,000 elephants in Namibia as at 1995, and in 2019, the country had about 24,000 elephants.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the government of Botswana announced that it will be holding its first major auction for the right to hunt elephants since the ban was lifted in May 2019.

The country, which has the world's biggest elephant population, is offering seven packages of 10 elephants each. Botswana is home to about 130,000 elephants.

In other news, elephant shrew, also known as sengi, has been rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of hearing nothing about the high-profile species.

The animal, which has a long tail and a trunk-like nose, was found living in well-preserved habitat in Djibouti.

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Interestingly, it took only one trap filled with coconut, peanut butter and yeast to lure the animal out of its hiding place, learnt.

In other animal news, a weird sign in a what seems to be a little farming area has Mzansi in stitches. The sign shows a drawing with a chicken on it. The chicken is circled and has a line through it with the letters "NB" written on the top right-hand corner.

The image was shared to the #ImStaying group by Phuti Moloto. Phuti captioned the hilarious image with: "You'll only find this in our beautiful South Africa, that's why #ImStaying."

Stayers have taken to the comments section to share their reactions. Many people made chicken jokes as they couldn't understand how the sign made sense. Many posed a question asking how a chicken could possibly know that they're not allowed in that specific area.

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