Hwange elephants sent to China

THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has confirmed exporting four elephants to a zoo in China from Hwange National Park, home to more than 30 000 jumbos.

Report by Dumisani Sibanda

It has also confirmed receiving requests for purchases of the elephants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, United States, Ukraine and France.

In a statement responding to enquiries from NewsDay, recently, the authority said the elephants were airlifted to the Asian country.
“This was after officials in China met the authority’s requirements,” read the statement.

“The elephants were accompanied by a Parks official and met Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species requirements on live wild animal exports.

“The elephants were airlifted after the Authority, assisted by a wildlife veterinarian assessed their intended destination and was satisfied.”

There were concerns that the elephants which were exported early this month had been subjected to “cruelty” as they had to endure a trip of about 800 km by road   to Harare from Hwange before being airlifted.

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Some animal activists also felt taking the animals to a zoo would be stressful to the elephants as they were not used to such captivity.
They were also concerned about the condition of elephants whose number they put at 14 that were being kept in a boma at Hwange National Park ready for export.

“Currently there are five and not 14 elephants in a boma at  Hwange National Park and are constantly being assessed by an independent veterinary official,” said the statement.

“The authority has received requests for the purchase of elephants from potential clients from countries such as France, Ukraine, United States of America and DRC.”

The wildlife authority said the transaction was “above board and within the laws of the country”.

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  2. Shame on Zimbabwe! Shame on “the Authority”. Selling these majestic animals into a lifetime of captivity in chains, concrete and cold weather. Separating them from their families and subjecting them to cruel lengthy travel. Greed and exploitation is what this is about. SHAME!! The world is disgusted with you!

    1. fuck you old white nigga that’s what you white people did to blacks

      1. Reply to African: that’s not nice what you said. Do you know Samm Lewis? maybe he was one of the few whites figting against discimination in Zimbabwe! Never judge if you don´t know the person. Also if the actual Zim goverment is doing this, it’s copying a bit what the White goverment did, so it’s not good to copy bad habits….
        Just think of the elephants, and try and do something to help them. I´m going to protest to Mugabe!

  3. Zim’s China colony. apart 4rm diamonds, coal, gold, cheap labour, mabhebhi,citizenships, dogs n nw elephants, m wondering wats nxt. mayb human beings wl b sold 2 our colonial masters, China!!!

  4. When will decision makers finally realise with these decisions, it slowly crumbles the whole circle of life? Also do these decision makers realise that elephants have family units……just like us humans. How about we take away a child of a decision maker and sell that child to a different country?—–same thing isn’t it? Some members of the human race think they are above all on planet earth………one day they will get theirs…….one day they will have to answer to a higher power…….and Karma truly works. Shame shame on those who continue to approve the ripping of elephant families apart.

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