Animal inspectors in Zimbabwe have intercepted a shipment of 11 hyenas from Hwange National Park that were about to be exported to a safari park in China, sources in Hwange have told News24.
Officials from the ZNSPCA apparently stopped the hyenas leaving on board an Air Zimbabwe plane for Johannesburg because they were allegedly "not satisfied with the state of the animals the permits and the containers did not conform to the requirements under CITES and IATA," the aviation trade body.
The ZNSPCA was not immediately available for comment. The deal confirms that Zimbabwe is pursuing its controversial sale in live wild animals to long time ally China.
A shipment of 24 young elephants from Hwange to a safari park in southern China in July 2015 caused an international uproar.