Namibia finally managed to sell a third of the 170 elephants that it had decided to auction a few months ago. This is what the Ministry of the Environment communicates. The African country claims that the auction serves to find a balance between the conservation of elephants and the management of the risks they entail when they invade the territories inhabited by people.
According to government data, Namibia's conservation campaign saw the local elephant population jump from around 7,500 in 1995 to 24,000 in 2019. But it recently sought to relax rules on trophy hunting and export of live animals, arguing that could use the funds to protect the species.
A spokesman for the ministry Romeo Muyunda told Reuters, "We were hoping to sell all 170 elephants, even to a single buyer, provided they met the requirements. Perhaps we could organize another auction in the future if the situation calls for it."
Chinese Mine is driving guinea chimpanzees to extinction
A gigantic iron mine in Guinea threatens to permanently extinguish the chimpanzee, already at risk of extinction, being on the IUCN red list. Building the necessary infrastructure would cost many animal lives and the destruction of a habitat that is now small and essential for the small number of chimps left.
The unexploited iron mine, the largest in the world, is located in the Simandou mountains, and is now owned by China, despite being in Guinea. The deposits contain more than 8.6 billion tons of iron ore with an average mineral content of 65%.
According to the IUCN, in 2016 the population of western chimpanzees decreased by 80% from 1990 to 2014. It is therefore one step away from extinction in the wild. The entire area of Guinea is home to nearly two-thirds of the remaining 52,800 western chimpanzees estimated to be in the wild,.
According to a Reuters analysis of satellite images provided by Planet Labs, extensive tunnel work has been underway for several months. An image from June 28 shows two main construction areas at either end of the tunnel, connected by a new access road through the mountains.
To carry out the construction of the infrastructure, the Chinese must blow up a railway tunnel in what is the habitat for a species of chimpanzee in danger of extinction. Unbelievable but true: it would seem that the permissions would be given.