Second animal shipment for Cuban zoo
The controversial sale of wild animals from Namibia to a Cuban zoo continues. This report from the Namibian.
HAVANA – The second shipment of animals donated by Namibia will soon arrive in Cuba, delivering 16 animals of three species, belonging to the so-called heavy ungulate of hoofed animals (mammals).
According to Armando J. Barrios, a specialist of the National Zoo’s Department of Public Relations, this group comprises of pachyderms -10 rhinoceros, five black and five white, in addition to six elephants – which will be exhibited at the zoo on December 11.
Barrios told ACN on Friday the arrival of the animals will force the zoo to close to the public. The park will be reopened to the public the following day, and the public will also be able to see a white lion, donated to the zoo by Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. A puma and its litter will also be exhibited.
The first shipment of 131 animals from Namibia consisting of 20 species, arrived in Cuba in 2012. It was made up of 63 ungulates, 48 carnivores, 16 birds and four rodents.
These included roan and heart-skinned antelopes, impalas, grand kudus, elands, gemsboks, springboks and African buffaloes as well as hyenas, lions, honey badgers, leopards, black back jackals, cheetahs, lynxes caracal, brownish-gray hyenas and bat-ear foxes.
Ostriches, African vultures and porcupines completed the donation. All in all, Cuba has received 147 animals comprising 23 species from Namibia. – ACN