Baby Elephants Held in Zimbabwe Suffering, Expert Says

New photographs of some 80 young elephants that are being held in a heavily guarded facility in Zimbabwe suggest that the elephants are under extreme duress, according to an expert familiar with the animals’ behavior.

The elephants, who were snatched from their families in the wild, are being held in a facility in Hwange National Park. Their captivity is part of a plan by the Zimbabwe government to capture and sell dozens, perhaps hundreds, of young elephants to unidentified foreign buyers.

Read the whole story on National Geographic News. 


  1. Patricia Moe
    March 12, 2015, 8:59 pm

    If there is a petition/s to sign I will sign immediately. Please direct me their site/s when you have a moment.
    I am heartbroken – I want to help be a voice for the elephants and every other animal suffering in the world. I love them all.

  2. About Elephants
    South Africa
    March 9, 2015, 7:42 pm

    A totally biased opinion from a totally biased expert. These elephants look in perfect health and are very alert. I speak as somebody who has worked with the training of wild caught elephants in South Africa and Zimbabwe since 2000. The elephants are not overcrowded and they are being fed well. If Zimbabwe were to cull half the population of her elephants, this would also upset the bunny huggers. Zimbabwe currently has over 85000 elephants when it can only accommodate 40000. If Zimbabwe were to cull the elephants it would cost the country a lot of money. By selling the elephants Zimbabwe is making money which can be pumped into conservation. Wild elephants in Zimbabwe are also being poached at an alarming rate. These elephants are not suffering. Far from it. .