Zimbabwe may be selling young wild elephants removed from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park to zoos in China. There are allegations of numerous elephant deaths both in transit and that the zoos are ill equipped, ill prepared. This site also alleges that CITES Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species has provided a licence for these transfers.
Meanwhile, in preparation for the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference which started in Victoria Falls this week, giraffes, zebra and hundreds of wildebeest, eland, and impala antelope were caught in southern Zimbabwe and released in the 12-square-kilometer Zambezi National Park near Victoria Falls so that the 1200 delegates from 155 nations can expect to see wildlife. The question becomes, are these many animals sustainable in a park this small?