Regulations governing the extensive trade in wild-caught baby elephants require only that they are housed in suitably equipped facilities, inappropriate and acceptable destinations, however, in reality conditions in these facilities fail to care for the welfare of baby elephants.
European and American conservation leaders today called on governments worldwide to support requests from African nations to end all trade in elephant ivory to safeguard the future of elephants.
US President Donald Trump and his Department of Interior Affairs Secretary Ryan Zinke have halted the reversal of a ban on importation of elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The sudden decision follows global outcry and protests from animal rights groups.
Two young elephants were shot in the Komatipoort region close to the Kruger National Park after their herd was reportedly terrorized by poachers across the Mozambican border.
While trading in rhino horn and ivory in South Africa is legal, Australia has just tabled a Parliamentary motion to ban it within its own borders, writes Adam Cruise.
Two of the only five remaining mature Desert Elephants bulls that occupied the Ugab region of Namibia have recently been hunted.
Three bull elephants were saved from being shot and further damage to mango orchards averted after the bulls broke through the fences of a game reserve bordering the Kruger Park, raiding local farms and affecting human infrastructure.
A petition appeared on change.org a few months ago to raise money to ‘save 80 elephants who will be shot unless we move them’ from Atherstone Nature Reserve in Limpopo. But there was hope: ‘We have found a home for all 80 elephants! They will be able to roam freely with their families, safe from hunters and poachers.’
More than 14 elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange National Park. Most of the poisoned elephants died near the south of the park. Some had their tusks hacked off. The others were found outside the northern sector of the park in state forestry land.
Permission granted by the Namibian government to a game farm owned by a Swedish national to capture and export to Dubai five wild young elephants has raised a storm among conservation organisations worldwide.