Zimbabwe earns US$2,7 from elephant sales

Zimbabwe earns US$2,7 from elephant sales

access_time2019-05-15 08:46:42


   

GOVERNMENT earned about US$2,7 million after exporting 97 elephants to China and Dubai, a Cabinet Minister said.

Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira said the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority received the generated revenue and used it to support elephant conservation  activities.


The elephants were sold for prices ranging from $13 500 to $41 500 each.

This comes when the country is pushing for the legalisation of ivory trade which is restricted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).

“Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority exported a total of 97 sub-adult elephants to China and Dubai between 2012 and 1 January 2018. A total of 93 elephants were exported to China and four were exported to Dubai. The elephants were airlifted to Shanghai Wildlife Park, Jiangmeu-Hesham, Chimelong and Umurgi in China and to Dubai Safari Park. There were no elephant deaths in transit,” said Minister Mupfumira. 

“The Authority received $2 715 000. The beneficiary of the revenue generated was the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. The funds were used to support elephant conservation activities.


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