There’s a disturbing news snippet coming out of Zimbabwe where the insidious presence of North Korea is now flexing its muscles and turning its eyes on what is left of Zim’s wild life.

Disturbing because as the country tries to pull its agri-economy up by the bootstraps, safaris and game viewing will become one of the major tourist attractions and foreign currency earners.

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Zim’s state media reported as follows:

“Zimbabwe is preparing to send wild animals to a North Korean zoo

The National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said it was processing an application from North Korea to ship elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, spotted hyenas and rock dassies to a zoo in the hermit state.

The deal is likely to outrage rights groups in the southwestern Matabeleland provinces, who say a North Korean-trained army unit killed 20000 people when President Robert Mugabe battled an insurgency in the region in the 1980s.

The wildlife management authority’s director-general, Vitalis Chadenga, told the Herald that the national parks authority had sent experts to North Korea to verify that the zoo was appropriate for the animals.”

Perhaps the Zim authorities should pop across the border to Mmupalanga and see what the game-viewing industry has done to the local economy.

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