Zim’s Korea-bound baby elephants face danger

2010-05-13 13:01

Zimbabwean conservationists say two baby elephants intended as a

gift to North Korea are unlikely to survive the journey by air.

The independent Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said today the

18-month-old elephants were being held in pens in the western Hwange National

Park, along with pairs of most of the park’s other animal species bound for

North Korea.

The country is a long-time ally of Zimbabwean President Robert


Johnny Rodgrigues, head of the task force, says elephant experts do

not think the young elephants will survive the trip separated from their


No comment was immediately available from Zimbabwe’s state parks

and wildlife department.

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