In fact, elephant rides remain a cruel and unnecessary means of tourist entertainment. From Cape Town to Cairo, from Calabar to Nairobi and elsewhere in Africa, millions of local and international tourists experience memorable visits and continue to do so through safaris to have a glimpse of and relate to wildlife, where they belong. We believe this is a win-win for all - local communities, governments, businesses who derive economic benefits, tourists who are entertained, and animals who are able to express natural behavior and offer entertainment without undergoing needless suffering.
To put an end to elephant rides, you need to watch out for: elephants used as photo props for tourist selfies or forced to perform tricks, in addition to giving rides. Most parks are in South Africa, where 144 captive elephants are held in at least 28 different venues. A further 47 are held in seven elephant parks across Zimbabwe, 13 in two venues in Zambia and 11 elephants in two venues in Botswana.
Captive elephants are also bred to be sold to other operations, or abroad to Asian elephant parks. 24 young elephants were recently sold and exported by the Zimbabwean government to Chimelong Safari Park in China. They will suffer a life of abuse performing in shows and giving rides. At least 50 more elephants in Zimbabwe are being held in a holding facility and await a similar fate.