GOVERNMENT earned about US$2,7
million after exporting 97 elephants to China and Dubai, a Cabinet Minister
Environment, Tourism and
Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira said the Zimbabwe Parks and
Wildlife Management Authority received the generated revenue and used it to
support elephant conservation activities.
The elephants were sold for prices ranging
from $13 500 to $41 500 each.
comes when the country is pushing for the legalisation of ivory trade which is
restricted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Flora and Fauna (CITES).
“Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management
Authority exported a total of 97 sub-adult elephants to China and Dubai between
2012 and 1 January 2018. A total of 93 elephants were exported to China and
four were exported to Dubai. The elephants were airlifted to Shanghai Wildlife
Park, Jiangmeu-Hesham, Chimelong and Umurgi in China and to Dubai Safari Park.
There were no elephant deaths in transit,” said Minister Mupfumira.
“The Authority received $2 715 000. The
beneficiary of the revenue generated was the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife
Management Authority. The funds were used to support elephant conservation