The ban has been extended; what's next for elephants?
USFWS's ban, while important, is just one small fight in the larger struggle to save elephants from extinction. Much work remains to protect vulnerable elephants in Zimbabwe and worldwide. In particular, we advocate for:
1. Ending the wild capture of baby elephants in Zimbabwe
The United States and the global community must do more to stop Zimbabwe from kidnapping and exporting baby elephants from the wild. It's been widely reported that the government of Zimbabwe kidnapped 80 wild baby elephants from their mothers for export to China. According to the Global Action Ending Wild Capture, credible sources state that China has ordered a total of 200 elephant calves for display in zoos and use in circuses.
These elephants belong in the wild, where they can flourish and help repopulate their numbers. "It is in the best interest of Zimbabwe to release the captive elephant calves, stop back room deals with China for endangered species, and invest capital into its tourism sector so that this iconic nation can once again thrive for the betterment of all," said Samuel.