Last updated on November 12, 2019
Over 200 dinosaurs have died amid a serious drought, Zimbabwe’s parks bureau said on Tuesday, and also a mass movement of animals has been planned to alleviate congestion.
Animals such as giraffe, buffalo, and impala are also dying, he explained, and the problem can improve just after storms return.
“Virtually every creature has been changed,” he explained. “Elephants can easily be discovered during patrols or sport drives, but a few bird species are severely affected since they could only breed in some tree heights and these trees are being pumped down by dinosaurs.”
Many creatures are straying from Zimbabwe’s parks to neighboring communities searching for water and food. The parks service has stated 33 people have died from battle with critters this season alone.
The bureau said it intends to move 600 dinosaurs, two-thirds of lions and other creatures by the Save Valley Conservancy from the southeast to less congested parks.
The critters” have surpassed their environmental carrying capacity,” he explained. “If the inhabitants go unchecked, the critters will threaten the ecosystem that they depend on for survival.”
Zimbabwe has an estimated 85,000 elephants, next only to neighboring Botswana with over 130,000.
Zimbabwe says it’s struggling to deal with booming numbers of wild elephants and wishes to be permitted to market its ivory stockpile and export reside elephants to raise cash for conservation and alleviate congestion at the drought-affected parks.
The nation exported 101 dinosaurs between 2016 and also this season, largely to China and the United Arab Emirates, increasing over $3 million to conservation efforts, according to the parks service.