Namibia to Auction Wildlife
Namibia will auction one thousand of its wild animals because a severe drought is threatening their lives. Namibia has successfully managed to grow its wildlife population in recent years, but this severe drought is putting immense pressure on it. The Ministry of Agriculture reported this April that 63,700 animals died in 2018 due to severe weather conditions.
The government expects to raise nearly one million euros (17 million Namibian dollars) for wildlife conservation by selling the following: buffaloes, oryx, elands, impalas, giraffes, kudus, springboks, wildebeest and elephants. The proceeds will be invested into the Game Products Trust Fund which manages income derived from trophy hunting, donors funds and wildlife auctions.