Namibia is putting 170 live elephants up for sale as an alternative to hunting, due to over-population and human-animal conflict.
The ministry says the elephants are being sold ‘due to drought and increase in elephant numbers coupled with human-elephant conflict incidences.’
According to the state-owned newspaper New Era, there has been a rapid rise in the population of elephants, and as a result there is an increase in human-animal conflict.
The elephant population had decreased to 5,000 animals at in 1990, but gradually increased thanks to a conservation programme and Namibia is now home to 28,000 elephants.
Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta said that the government decided to support the policy of selling live animals after being criticised for shooting elephants to control overpopulation.