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Elephants for Sale as Namibia Responds to Overcrowding

  • Elephant numbers have been climbing in southern Africa
  • Successful bidders must pay the cost of capturing the animals

Namibia has invited offers for at least 170 elephants in the latest response by southern African nations to the increase in the animals’ numbers, which they say they are prevented from keeping in check by international pressure.

The elephants will be sold in family groups. A drought has made food scarce and the rising number of elephants heightens the risk of clashes with farmers, whose crops they sometimes eat. As long as international laws are complied with, they can be exported, the Environment Ministry said in a newspaper advertisement on Wednesday.