Zimbabwe Court charges 3 South Africans over attempt to export wildlife
A Zimbabwean Court has charged three South African men with illegally capturing 29 sable antelopes and attempting to export them without a permit.
Caroline Washaya-Moyo, Spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said that the men had on Saturday appeared in a magistrate’s court in Beitbridge- a border near South Africa.
Washaya-Moyo said that the men, who were not asked to enter a plea, remained in police custody.
“They were charged with illegal capture and translocation of wildlife, and attempting to export the sables illegally,’’ she said.
She said that charges of crossing an international boundary using an undesignated exit point were also leveled against the men.
The spokesperson said the crime was discovered when the trucks carrying the sables got stuck on the river, leading to the arrest of the men.
Washaya-Moyo said the animals, which were valued at $348,000, were being transported to a game farm in South Africa, but the receiving property had not been assessed to ensure that it was suitable for the sables.
It would be recalled that Zimbabwe last month charged two men with breaching hunting rules and allowing an American dentist to illegally kill its most famous lion, Cecil, outside Hwange Wildlife Park.