Elephant Calves Await Fate as Africa Seeks to Save Species
The world is losing the war on ivory poaching, a key finding at Botswana-led summit on elephants and wildlife trade.
KASANE, BotswanaFor trade in wild elephants, Zimbabwe is “open to doing business with the whole world,” said Saviour Kasukuwere, the country’s minister for environment, water, and climate, in an exclusive interview with National Geographic here.
Kasukuwere—who had come to Botswana, along with other international delegates, to participate in the African Elephant Summit on March 23, followed on March 25 by the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade—was responding to a question about Zimbabwe’s export plans for baby elephants being held captive in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. (See “Undercover Photos: Plight of Zimbabwe’s Captured Baby Elephants.”)
While this issue wasn’t on the agenda at either of the meetings—intended to review progress made in stemming the illegal trade in ivory