Undercover Photos: Plight of Zimbabwe's Captured Baby Elephants
Pictures of 80 elephants slated for sale raise concerns about their health.
New photographs of some 80 young elephants that are being held in a heavily guarded facility in Zimbabwe suggest that the elephants are under extreme duress, according to an expert familiar with the animals’ behavior.
The elephants, who were snatched from their families in the wild, are being held in a facility in Hwange National Park. Their captivity is part of a plan by the Zimbabwe government to capture and sell dozens, perhaps hundreds, of young elephants to unidentified foreign buyers.
Sources in Zimbabwe say the elephants, estimated to be about four years old, will be exported imminently.
Elephant behavioral expert Joyce Poole, who examined the photographs, says that some of the young elephants in the images appear to be stressed and