S. Africa seeks to sell elephant goods

November 13, 1994|By Knight-Ridder News Service

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa -- Officials and wildlife experts from South Africa are seeking permission to do what was considered unthinkable a few years ago: trade products made from the hide and hair of elephants and rhinos.

At an international convention on endangered species under way in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., they'll also ask permission to market elephant meat.

While there continues to be worldwide concern over the dwindling numbers of African elephants, the opposite problem exists at parks like this one. The beasts are so prolific that if their numbers aren't controlled, they will destroy the park.

Game managers kill an average of 500 elephants a year to control the herds.

Any rhino products sold would come from rhinos that die naturally or from carcasses seized from poachers.

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