Drought continues to hit southern Africa with its share of corollaries. In Zimbabwe, in addition to humans whose crops are depressed, the elephant population is also paying a heavy price. In less than two months, more than 200 elephants have lost their lives, according to information released by the Zimbabwe Wildlife Authority and National Parks Authority.
Animals such as giraffe, bison and impala are also dying, he said, and the situation can only improve after the return of the rains. « Almost all animals are affected, » said Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the institution. « Of course, elephants are easily noticeable on patrols or safaris, but some bird species are seriously affected because they can only breed in certain tree heights and these trees are slaughtered by elephants. «
The weight of the economic crisis
To overcome the problem Zimbabwe intends to move one of its main reserves several hundred wild animals, including elephants. These are exactly 600 elephants, two packs of between five and ten lions, wild dogs, 50 buffaloes, 40 giraffes and 2,000 impalas that will be evacuated from the Save Conservancy Reserve in the south-east of the country, and relocated to three other sites.
For several seasons, southern Africa has been hit hard by the fury of drought. In Zimbabwe, formerly known as the breadbasket of Africa, the phenomenon is amplified by the economic crisis affecting the country. In the event of a shortage of liquidity, the populations have not only trouble to buy essential goods, but especially to ensure the production.
According to the UN, some 7.7 million people will be at risk of famine by January in Zimbabwe, nearly half of its population. On Tuesday, the authorities released new Zimbabwean dollar notes to try to overcome the liquidity crisis.