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Topic Reading-Vol.3166-12/11/2020

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2020/12/11 Topic Reading-Vol.3166-12/11/2020

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Namibia is auctioning 170 wild elephants amid drought and rising population

The Republic of Namibia, is an arid country in Southern Africa, which shares the southern land border with South Africa. It had been occupied by Germany until South Africa took control after the end of WWI. It finally became independent in 1990. That’s why Afrikaans and Germans are the official languages of the nation along with English and other local languages.

As it is the aridest country in sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with a population of just below three million. But there are quite a few irreplaceable endangered animal species that share the land space and water with human inhabitants, such as elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. Since the country has been trying to protect these high-value species from poaching and hunting, their population has grown to the level where conflicts with humans are no longer durable. So, to ensure sustainable conservation and cohabitation with humans, the country’s environmental ministry put 170 elephants up for sale to those who meet the requirements, such as proof of conservation and import permit.

It is easy to say to keep those endangered animals in their homeland, but balancing the resources and the environment also seems essential for sustainable conservation.

Enjoy reading the article and watching the video to learn about the conservation effort in a small African country.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/03/africa/namibia-elephant-auction-intl-hnk-scli/index.html

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