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Drought-hit Zimbabwe sells it's wild animals

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>> They're among Africa's most endangered animals, but now some conservation parks can't even protect them. Zimbabwe selling off its own wildlife to save them from starvation. Desperate measures after months of extreme drought worsened by El Nino. The appeal goes out to the Zimbabwean public. If you have the capacity, please get in touch.
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The ad doesn't specify cost or even which animals are up for sale. The countries redound for it's huge population of elephants, lions, rhinos, and leopards and conservationist Johnny Rodriguez says it's unlikely drought stricken Zimbabwe and locals will be able to help.>> I mean, I understand what the national parks to do But if they gonna sell it internally to our local people, I can't see many people in Zimbabwe whose got the money to actually pay for these animals.
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That's the first thing. Second thing is, they haven't got title, deeds or property rights. So I can't see how they're gonna sell it to the local people.>> This isn't the first venture of its kind. Zimbabwe sold elephants to China last year, despite protests from wildlife groups, who said the Chinese were only after the ivory.
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Around 54,000 elephants live in Hwange National Park. That's more than four times its capacity. With no rivers in the area, the water shortage is critical. And the park relies on donors to pump out underground wells. In the south of the country, a private game park could be forced to kill 200 lions to reduce over-population.
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Now conservationists say,selling animals is the only way to bring in funding that the government can't provide