Namibian elephants head to Mexico

2012-06-08 12:09
Nine elephants from the Namib Game Services have been kept in a quarantine camp for ten months before heading to their new home in Mexico.

According to reports on the Namibian, “The elephants were tranquillised so that they could be lifted into crates and transported to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where a Boeing 777-F of Lan Cargo in the US transported them to Mexico,” Hernle told The Namibian.

After more than 40 hours in transit, the elephants finally touched down in Mexico.

During the last count of elephants in Mexico, it was established there were only 29 of the animals left in the South American country.

Describing the relocation process, the zoo’s general director Frank Camacho said: “The rescue was a very complex operation that involved six people being in Namibia for 21 days and many months of preparation before that happened. Fortunately we were able to do it.”

The Mexican zoo was competing with other animal parks from around the world for the precious elephants. Renowned for its prized conservation and education programme, the zoo beat its competition to nab all nine mammals.

The nine elephants are currently under careful observation by zoo medics after their long journey. Zoo officials hope to move the mammals to a spacious elephant enclosure in the park in the near future.
African Safari Zoo is now home to one of the largest zoo populations in Latin America and with its new additions, the zoo hopes to expand its elephant population even further.

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