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Zimbabwe to Increase Wildlife Exports to China

BBC News

BBC News
Jan. 5, 2016

Zimbabwe elephants
Zimbabwe says it has too many elephants - unlike some other African countries.

Zimbabwe is to increase the export of wildlife, including elephants, to China, the environment minister says.

The move will reduce the chances of elephants dying because of drought, Oppah Muchinguri is quoted by the state-owned Herald newspaper as saying.

Critics have previously condemned the exports as "stealing from the future generation's natural resources".

Zimbabwe was also seeking China's help to obtain anti-poaching technology, including drones, Ms Muchinguri said.

Game parks in Zimbabwe are famous among tourists, but their wildlife is being increasingly threatened by poachers who see China and several other Asian states as a lucrative market.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35233259

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