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Zimbabwe's wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought.
At least 120 elephants have already died over the past two months as the country grapples with one of the worst droughts in its history.
Elephants - Prides - Lion - Members - Pack
"We are moving 600 elephants, two prides of lion comprising between five and 10 members, a pack of wild dogs, 50 buffalo, 40 giraffes and 2,000 impalas," parks and wildlife authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told AFP.
The animals will be moved from Save Conservancy, a major park in southeastern Zimbabwe, to three other game reserves.
Translocation - History - Farawo
"This will be the biggest translocation in our history," said Farawo.
Permits for the operation have already been secured, Farawo said.
Transfer - Rain - Season - Pastures - Start
The transfer will start "during the rain season, when pastures and foliage start flourishing," he added. The rain season usually kicks off from around the middle of November.
"We want to avoid a situation where we trans-locate animals, only for them to starve to death because there is no food...
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