Namibia is planning to sell 1,000 wild animals from its national parks as the African country continues to struggle with drought.
The African nation’s government is hoping that game farmers will buy the animals, despite the fact that the farmers raise animals for hunting.
Stanley Simataa, Namibia’s Information Minister, said the environment ministry suggested the sale to reduce the amount of wildlife in the parks, which are struggling with the drought.
Namibia’s current drought is the second in three years and is so severe that Hage Geingob, the country’s president, declared a state of emergency in May 2019. Officials said the national parks were unable to provide adequate feeding conditions for animals.
Mr. Simataa said that between 500 and 600 buffaloes would be sold from Waterberg Plateau Park and 150 springbok would be sold from the Hardap and Naute game parks.