In light of the threat posed by poaching and other threats to wild elephants, removing baby elephants from the wild is unacceptable.
We're concerned for the welfare of the baby elephants
Our concern for the elephant calves is based on their complex needs, including their dependence on their mothers as well as the strong social bonds with other familial members of the herd. Elephants have keenly developed emotions that rival those in humans, and removing an elephant from its family is nothing short of traumatic and devastating.
In a statement, Dr. Jane Goodall expressed her outrage about the capture of the elephant calves, stating: "After all the studies that have been carried out, monitoring the behaviour of wild elephants, and all the reports published of their intelligence, and the importance of childhood – have we learned nothing?" Elephants DC shares this outrage.
This is not the first time that Zimbabwe has exported baby elephants to foreign countries. Three of the four elephant calves sent to China from Zimbabwe in 2012 have died. The lone survivor is sickly and living in isolated, inhumane conditions in a Chinese zoo, according to an article published by National Geographic in December 2014.