The last time the U.S. imported live elephants from Africa was 2003.
"The zoos are rewarding Swaziland by paying large sums for capturing the elephants; thus making these and further captures lucrative for Swaziland and other governments," explained Toni Frohoff, Elephant Scientist for In Defense of Animals (IDA), in a press release. "This is a huge blow to conservation. Elephants in zoos will never be returned to Africa, as one would believe by the zoo's conservation claims. These African elephants will live and die on American soil and concrete. It is the complete opposite of conservation - it is a desecration."