CITES – Information Document INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN LIVE AFRICAN ELEPHANTS

Jul 9, 2020 | Documents

This document provides information on exports from the four countries involved in the trade in live African elephants since 2010 – Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini and Tanzania – with the aim of informing discussions
by the Animals Committee at its 31st meeting pertaining to 18.155, as well as its consideration of Decision 18.153. Information on this trade comes from two sources. The CITES Trade Database2 records export and
import information supplied by Parties up to 2018, and notes that 162 live wild-caught African elephants (Loxodonta africana) were exported directly from Africa to zoos and circuses in ex situ countries during 2010
to 2018. Information on exports during 2019 has been drawn from contemporary media reports and from additional investigations; these sources indicate that a further 32 were exported from Zimbabwe to China in October 2019.3 The nature and impacts of these exports are described in more detail in the sections below:

https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/com/ac/31/Docs/E-AC31-18-02.pdf

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