This young elephant, separated from its mother in Hwange National Park, is one of scores being held there in prison-like conditions, waiting to be shipped abroad, likely to China. Longtime elephant behavioral expert Joyce Poole says the elephant “is apprehensive about what it sees, hears, smells on the other side of the bars.”
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.