It will come as no surprise that one of the last acts of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe was to allow the export of 31 baby elephants to China.
As you know, Zimbabwe has been shipping captured baby elephants to China since 2012. We have been fighting to stop the trade since then.
Mugabe allowed the latest export, even though our supporters repeatedly made it clear to his government that condemning baby elephants to lives in zoo cages is abominably cruel.
Barely a week after the elephants left Zimbabwe, Mugabe was overthrown in a military coup. There’s a new president – Emerson Mnangagwa.
This means no more baby elephants to Chinese zoos, but I need you to be as generous as you can today so we can keep up the fight. Let’s work to have the babies sent to China returned to Africa before it is too late. They have not yet been put in zoos, if Zimbabwe takes them home now, they still have a chance.
BRING THEM BACK TO ZIMBABWE!
Let’s strike while the iron is hot. Sign our petition to the new president thanking him for banning the baby elephant trade and asking him to bring back the babies to Zimbabwe and give them the life they should lead, wild and free in Africa.
The elephants are between three and six, two of them are particularly fragile. One female baby struggled to stand and has open sores on her body. Another is so severely traumatised she shuns other elephants.
These are baby elephants still needing to suckle from their mothers. Instead, they will be locked in cages in Chinese zoos for the rest of their unhappy lives.
Also remember that China will stop at nothing to get its hands on animals to put in zoos. Now that Zimbabwe has closed the trade, other African countries may sell China elephants.
For the animals,