Zimbabwe Is Having A Drought ... So It's Selling Its Wild Animals

Zimbabwe's in the middle of a severe drought - and its solution is kicking out its wild animals.

The country plans to "destock its parks estates through selling some of the wildlife," according to a statement from Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

While the country claims prospective buyers will have to provide a plan for how the animals will be housed, including "name and address of property, size of property, ownership of the property, [and] description of current land use," Zimbabwe has a bad track record when it comes to selling off wildlife.

In past years the country has captured dozens of wild baby elephant calves, separated them from their families and sold them to China. The elephants were later seen covered in wounds in metal cages, and it's believed that at least some of them have died.

Now more of the country's animals - including threatened species - could be facing the same treatment. And conservation groups worry that it might be easy for trophy-hunting companies to get their hands on some of the country's famed elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards and buffalos.

In fact, outside of the statement, Zimbabwe has offered disturbingly few details on the plan.

It claims that the sale is for a vital cause and says proceeds will "buy food and secure water facilities" for the remaining animals - but that's doubtful for a country with a history of treating its wildlife so poorly.