Zimbabwe earns N$38 million from elephant exports to China and Dubai

Zimbabwe earns N$38 million from elephant exports to China and Dubai
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Zimbabwe's export of 97 elephants to China and Dubai over a six-year-period earned the country N$38 million.
Tourism Minister, Priscah Mupfumira, says the animals exported were sub-adults, meaning they were between two-and-three years old.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority exported a total of 97 sub-adult elephants to China and Dubai between 2012 and January 2018.
A total of 93 elephants were exported to China and four were exported to Dubai.
The elephants were sold for prices ranging from N$189 000 to N$581 000 each.
Mupfumira says the profit would go towards the conservation of elephants.
Zimbabwe's carrying capacity is 55 000 elephants, but it has 85 000.
Mupfumira says they could not cull due to restrictions imposed by CITES, an organisation that governs the trade in endangered species