Hundreds of animals in national park of Zimbabwe have died from a severe drought and many are struggling to survive. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst drought in years.
More than 200 elephants have died in Hwange National Park alone since October and other parks are affected. Animals including giraffes, buffalos and impalas are also dying. Many animals are straying from Zimbabwe’s parks into nearby communities in search of food and water. Temperatures in southern Africa are rising at twice the global average, and Zimbabwe is one of nine African countries set to be hardest hit by adverse weather in the coming years. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority plans to move 600 elephants, two prides of lions and other animals from the Save Valley Conservancy in the south east to less congested parks in the coming weeks. A pack of wild dogs, 50 buffalos, 40 giraffes and 2,000 impalas will also be relocated.
It will be the largest translocation of wildlife in Zimbabwe's history. The country has an estimated 85,000 elephants. Not only animals are in souffrance. The United Nations food agencies have warned that a record 45 million people across 16 southern African nations will be severely food insecure in the next six months. “We’ve had the worst drought in 35 years in central and western areas during the growing season,” Margaret Malu, the World Food Program's acting regional director for southern Africa, said in a statement last month.