Everything has a price – for Zimbabwe baby elephants at £26,000 each, they are now in China.
Convention of International trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is satisfied with the transaction on the basis that required conditions were met and both countries were in agreement that these calves will be looked after properly in their new home. CITES has details of the new habitat here.
Nigeria is one of African countries where elephant population has shrunk, many Nigerians only have heard the fairy tale of our fore fathers being Elephant Hunters (Ode Aperin). Most Nigerian children and adults alike have only seen elephants in books or on TV.
How I wish Africa for once could work together on preserving the wildlife on the continent given similar climatic conditions?
Not that Nigeria has any better record for animal protection to speak of but at least these elephants would have been close to their natural habitat. Maybe time for Nigeria Minister for Wildlife Preservation (if there’s such a title) to keep in touch with Zimbabwe – we could do with replenishing our stock.