While 33 abused circus lions make it home to South Africa, Zimbabwe is getting ready to sell off her painted wild dogs. Zimbabwe wild dogs are rare species that face the possibility of extinction.
Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), recently announced their plan to “de-stock” wildlife reserves by selling off some animals. The announcement has not yet given any other details as to the sales.
Under the 1975 Parks and Wildlife Act, some wildlife animals cannot be sold. The Act protects pangolins, pythons, and rhinos but not 2 of Africa’s most magnificent animals – Elephants and Lions. According to National Geographic report, these 2 are likely to be in the sell-off list, the elephants especially.
Due to the sad situation of the drought in Zimbabwe, the government has decided to sell off the rare Zimbabwe Wild Dogs. Wildlife lovers think it is rather sad that Zimbabwe is considering to sell them off.
At the moment, Zimbabwe is much more concerned about the welfare of the people. The economic situation at the moment is not encouraging. With that desperation, the country sees an option in selling off the wild dogs, irrespective of the fact that the species are fast going extinct.
According to International Union for Conservation of Nature, African wild dogs are at a range of 3,000 – 5,500 presently. They are usually known as African wild dogs or the painted dogs.
Recall that a while back, the Southern African nation set out to shoot down about 200 wildlife lions. This was still on the same issue of poor resources for maintenance. Now, the Zimbabwe wild dogs are next on the line. The economy of Zimbabwe is clearly giving the wildlife industry blows that it cannot stand.
The severe drought condition has interfered in the exports of the country. Coupled with EU’s intention to ban trophy hunting imports, Zimbabwe’s economy is losing out on crucial sources of revenue.
Ross Harvey, a senior researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs disagrees that the idea of selling wildlife animals is “unworkable”. He blames the present problem on poor governance. Harvey maintains that the sales of the Zimbabwean wild dogs will do little or nothing for the economy.
“In a system where lack of accountability has been baked in over a long time, there’s no guarantee that the money would be directed towards those who need it most.”
Zimbabwe is one of the African countries accused of using animals for financial leverage.
“In July 2015 the country exported 100 wild elephants to safari parks and zoos in China, earning $37,500 per elephant.”
Sadly there has been no existing explanations on how the wildlife revenue was spent, till date.