The Zimbabwe wildlife agency said almost 100 elephants have been sold to China and Dubai over a six-year period for a total of $2,7-million.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told CNN that the decision came due to overpopulation in the national parks and that proceeds will be used to support conservation efforts.
Water levels in the rivers in the parks are running low due to the lack of rain and most of the game parks make use of borehole water which requires resources.
In justifying the sale, tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira said they currently have 84,000 elephants and only only able to cater for a capacity of 50,000.
The minister said they were trying to have the ban on ivory trade lifted in order to be able to sell $300-million worth of ivory.
The Zimbabwe Chronicle reported that around 98 elephants were safely airlifted to parks in China and Dubai between 2012 and 2018 when their prices ranged from $13,500 to $41,000 each.