For the past few months, we have been fighting for the release of the baby elephants which were captured in Hwange National Park for export to China. Late last year, approximately 7 elephants were sent to Dubai.
The latest information from Hwange National Park is that the 27 elephants are still due to be exported to China, despite all our efforts to prevent this from happening. Cages have been brought in and have been moved close to the bomas and rehearsals are being done to move the elephants.
We have heard that a number of elephants have already been sent to China. We have photos of 2 export permits. The first is a permit for 4 elephants, issued on 6th November 2014 and signed by Walter Mzimbi on the 6th October 2014. Both permits state that the exports were done by Terrestrial Safaris which is owned by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. The 4 elephants were sent to Kinjian Safari Park in Guangzhou, China.
The second permit is for the export of 8 elephants and 2 crocodiles, issued on the 6th January 2015. It was also signed by Walter Mzimbi on the 6th December 2014. These animals were sent to Taiyan Zoo in South China.
What we found a little bit strange is the fact that the purple stamp in the bottom right hand corner of these 2 permits are in exactly the same position. A contingent of Chinese people have taken over the area where the capture unit is in Hwange and there are no Zimbabweans there.ELEPHANTS KILLED IN MATUSADONA
2 elephants have been killed in Matusadona.