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Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, centre, is flanked by his daughter Bona, left, and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.  
(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, centre, is flanked by his daughter Bona, left, and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Mugabe is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. Mugabe turned 91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health and a struggling economy.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Mugabe is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. Mugabe turned 91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health and a struggling economy.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds hands with his wife Grace as he gets off the stage during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.
(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds hands with his wife Grace as he gets off the stage during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Mugabe smiles during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.
(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe President Mugabe smiles during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

A child covers her face with a flag wishing President Robert Mugabe a happy birthday, during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.
 (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

A child covers her face with a flag wishing President Robert Mugabe a happy birthday, during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

President Robert Mugabe is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.
AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

President Robert Mugabe is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Family members of President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, right, help him to cut one of his birthday cakes during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. 
AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Family members of President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, right, help him to cut one of his birthday cakes during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Members of the National Youth League salute Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.  Mugabe turned  91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Members of the National Youth League salute Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. Mugabe turned 91 on the 21st of February to become the worlds oldest leader with his supporters saying they will back him to run his full term until 2018 and beyond despite nagging questions about his health.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The car that President Robert Mugabe owned and drove in 1955, a Ford Mondeo, is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015.
AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

The car that President Robert Mugabe owned and drove in 1955, a Ford Mondeo, is seen during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

Grace Mugabe assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.
REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds a booklet during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.
REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds a booklet during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds a booklet during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.
 REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe holds a booklet during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls on Saturday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him.
REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. Mugabe celebrated his 91st birthday with a lavish party by the spectacular Victoria Falls on Saturday, prompting many Zimbabweans to question once again when he would leave office and who would succeed him. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.
REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe (front 2nd R) assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.
REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe (front 2nd R) assists her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (C) to cut a cake during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe looks on next to her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Grace Mugabe looks on next to her husband Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe during his 91st birthday celebration in Victoria Falls February 28, 2015.REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Robert Mugabe at celebrations to mark his 91st birthday (AP)

Robert Mugabe at celebrations to mark his 91st birthday (AP)

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Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe, centre, is flanked by his daughter Bona, left, and wife Grace during celebrations to mark his 91st birthday in the resort town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Saturday Feb, 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Robert Mugabe isn't known for his subdued taste, and his million-dollar birthday was just as extravagant as people have come to expect.

The ZANU-PF leader saw in his 91st year with the slaughter of wild animals, including an elephant, which were cooked and served to his guests.

His party took place at an exclusive lodge, spa and golf course in Victoria Falls, and it was estimated to have cost $1million (£648,000). During the celebrations, Mugabe released 91 balloons into the sky with the help of his wife, Grace.

An estimated 20,000 people attended the party at Elephant Hills resort, which was put on to celebrate the birthday of the leader who has been accused of abusing human rights and democracy.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, center, falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Mugabe, 90, was elected chairman of the African Union and is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 21. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, center, falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Mugabe, 90, was elected chairman of the African Union and is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 21. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been named as head of the African Union. (AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been named as head of the African Union. (AP)

Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, is seen at the opening ceremony of the 24th Heads of State meeting at the African Union in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on January 30. AFP Photo/Getty Images

Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, is seen at the opening ceremony of the 24th Heads of State meeting at the African Union in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on January 30. AFP Photo/Getty Images

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Newly appointed Zimbabwean Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa smiles at the headquarters of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU (PF) in Harare

Newly appointed Zimbabwean Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa smiles at the headquarters of President Robert Mugabe's ZANU (PF) in Harare

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, center, falls after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. Mugabe, 90, was elected chairman of the African Union and is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on Feb. 21. (AP Photo)

His guests were fed a young elephant, and two buffaloes, two sables and five impalas were also donated to the president by a local landowner. He also threw in a lion and a crocodile to be stuffed as an extra gift for Mugabe. On top of this, 40 cows were offered to the president by two members of his government. A second elephant is going to be shot and given to the Victoria Falls community.

Held a week after his birthday, the celebrations were described as "totally unethical" by wildlife conservationists, and "obscene" by members of the opposition.

"All the money that has been collected to bankroll this obscene jamboree should be immediately channelled towards rehabilitating the collapsed public hospitals, clinics and rural schools in Matebeleland North province," said MDC spokesman Obert Gutu.

On top of the animals, seven cakes were also on offer at the party. One of them was in the shape of the African continent, and most of them were the size of a single mattress.

Guests were also treated to a 90-minute speech, in which Mugabe decried American sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The USA "can't have it both ways," he said. "If they want to be friends then they must be friends with us in total and we allow them to have some safaris. But they can't say 'allow our people to visit, allow our people to have safaris, to kill our lions and take safari trophies to America'."

Sounds like there aren't many animals left in Zimbabwe anyway.

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