Friday 28 November 2014

Baby elephants abducted in Zimbabwe destined for Chinese Zoo

The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), has issued a disturbing report claiming that wildlife in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park is being abducted and shipped to Chinese zoos.
This has apparently been going in since April. Tourists are now reporting that they are seeing the capture of baby animals in the Park.

So far 34 baby elephants between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 years old, 7 lions and about 10 sable antelope have been rounded up for shipping but investigators were not allowed to get close enough to the compound to photograph as security there has become extremely tight. It is expected that the animals will be shipped by container trucks to Maputo in Mozambique where they will be transferred to a livestock freighter and sent on an arduous sea passage to China.

In 2013 three young Zimbabwean elephants were transported to China. One died as a result of the freezing conditions and the remaining two are now in poor health. There were six more elephants earmarked but they were returned to the wild after ZCTF brought a high court application against the wildlife management authority.

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