Baby hyena among Zimbabwe 11 - conservation group

2016-11-08 20:32


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Harare - A young hyena was among the 11 hyenas intercepted in Zimbabwe just before they were exported to China, a conservation group said on Monday.

The animals had been captured in Hwange National Park and were about to be loaded onto a plane in Harare on Thursday when animal inspectors stopped their export, News24 reported at the weekend.

Harare wildlife sanctuary Wild Is Life has confirmed that one of the hyenas was only around 6 to 8 months old.

She was "subsequently confiscated by ZimParks and ZNSPCA and placed in the custody of Wild is Life... She will be kept at the sanctuary and rehabilitated for eventual release back to the wild", Wild is Life said in a statement posted to Facebook. Inspectors objected - in part at least - to the state of the crates the hyenas were being kept in.

The other 10 hyenas have been returned to an enclosure in Hwange National Park, a distance of more than 600km. The animals are all spotted hyenas.

A shipment of 24 young elephants from Hwange to a safari park in southern China in July 2015 caused an international uproar from animal welfare groups. 

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