Baby elephants die in Zim, meat shared

2014-12-09 14:19
(Bobby-Jo Vial, AP)

(Bobby-Jo Vial, AP)

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Harare - One of a group of baby elephants captured in western Hwange for possible export to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as died, a conservation group in Zimbabwe said on Tuesday.

Meat from the dead elephant "had been shared out by people at the boma [capture pen]", said the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), chaired by Johnny Rodrigues.

The boma is likely to be where the elephants are allegedly being held at Mtshibi capture unit in Hwange National Park, the country's flagship game reserve in the arid west of the country.

The ZCTF late last month reported on the alleged capture of up to 34 baby elephants, seven lions, and 10 sables for overseas export, but it has been impossible so far to verify those figures.

Government sources say they have only heard of four elephants being captured so far.

Experts are understood to be travelling to Hwange soon to check on the health of the captured animals.

There have also been differing claims of where any captured animals are headed. According to some reports they will go to China, while according to others their destination is the UAE.

In Hwange last year more than 100 elephants were killed by poachers who laced natural salt licks with cyanide.

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  poaching  |  animals
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