Zimbabwe Plans To Sell Elephants, Jackals, Cats To North Korea

Zimbabwe plans to sell animals including elephants, jackals and wild cats to a zoo in North Korea’s capital, Pyongyang, according to Vitalis Chadenga, director of the African nation’s parks authority.The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is also studying applications from Japan, Mozambique and three other unidentified nations to buy species, Chadenga said by phone today from the capital, Harare.

“We don’t just export wildlife without first ascertaining if the conditions they will be held in are safe and we consider that conditions in Pyongyang will be suitable,” he said. Under both domestic and international law, Zimbabwe is allowed to sell wildlife to foreign nations, Chadenga said.Among the animals being sent to North Korea, an impoverished, communist nation, are elephants, giraffes, zebras, jackals, hyenas and civet cats, none of which are endangered in Zimbabwe, Chadenga said.


Gaza Zoo Turns Donkeys Into Zebras With Dye

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Zookeepers in Gaza City came up with a real hair-brained idea when they found it too costly to bring real zebras into their zoo: They transformed two white donkeys into the striped animal with women’s hair dye and masking tape!

According to Reuters Africa, staffers at Marah Land Zoo say the donkeys in disguise offer a new and entertaining experience for visiting Palestinian school children who have never seen zebras before. “The children don’t know so they call them zebras and they are happy to see something new,” said Nidal Barghouthi, whose father owns the zoo.

Have You Ever Seen An Okapi ???

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This baby was recently born at the Denver Zoo — she’s an Okapi named Kalispell. (Collective “awww.”) Not only is she absolutely adoro, she’s a mix of two unlikely species. Learn all about this rare animal .Originally a cross between zebras and giraffes, the Okapi (oh-COP-ee) was only known by natives of the Ituri Forest until officially “discovered” by scientists about 100 years ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It’s actually the only living relative of the giraffe.Those spindly legs and over sized ears remind me of a giraffe where those stripes have zebra written all over them! It’s not known how many exist in the wild (probably about 25,000 in the wild), but there are only 89 currently alive in captivity.

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She’s currently gaining strength and stability with those spindly legs indoors. In the wild, they are browsers, eating 40 to 65 pounds of leaves, twigs, and fruits each day but, in captivity, usually dine on alfalfa hay, leafy acacia branches, and healthy veggies. Zookeepers are carefully monitoring Kalispell’s progress as she becomes more self-sufficient and predict her public zoo debut soon!

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