Zimbabwe will translocate 2,000 wild animals to neighboring Mozambique, an official has said.

State-controlled newspaper The Herald reported Thursday that spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management authority (Zimparks) Simukai Nyasha said the translocation was meant to strengthen cooperation in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.

The animals will be moved from the Save Valley Conservancy in the southern Lowveld area of the country to Zinave National Park.

The animals comprise 300 wildebeests, 200 buffaloes, 200 elands, 50 elephants, 100 giraffes, 900 impala, 200 zebras and 50 kudu.

Nyasha added that permits for the exportation had since been granted.

The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is arguably the world’s largest wildlife sanctuary in terms of diversity in both bird and animal life and covers Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park.

Zimparks dispose of animals for various reasons, among them the need to reduce their numbers to sustain biodiversity and to enhance their welfare during unfavorable conditions.

In 2016, Zimparks decided to sell off some animals in its parks estates in a destocking exercise following a severe drought in the region.

Zimbabwe is a world-acclaimed habitat of various species of wildlife and also hosts Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh