Recipient: President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa
We don’t know their names. We don’t know where exactly they are from. What we do know is that at some point or another 35 baby elephants were snatched away from their mothers, rounded up and sent to a holding facility in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
If Zimbabwean authorities get their way, these 35 calves will be sold to China to live a long life of tragic captivity.
Activists on the ground, say the baby elephants are as young as 2 years old. In the wild, elephants this young would never be apart from their family unit. Females for example never leave their family group, and males don’t leave until they are around 15 years of age.
Young elephants learn vital lessons from their families that prepare them for life in the wild. Life lessons that these elephants may never learn.
According to CITES — the international treaty charged with protecting endangered animals — these types of sales were illegal. According to the treaty, elephants sired by one or more wild parent are considered wild and therefore cannot be traded commercially.
Zimbabwe is flouting the law by stealing elephants from the wild and selling them to the highest bidder. It is not only wrong but it is cruel. Elephants are intelligent, sentient beings that have no business in zoos.
Please help save these helpless baby elephants before it’s too late. Sign the petition and demand that Zimbabwe halt the shipment of 35 elephants to China.