Wild African elephants can no longer be caught and sent to zoos
International leaders have instituted a near-complete ban on capturing and sending elephants far from their home ranges.
Yesterday at the 18th triennial meeting of an international wildlife trade treaty, countries approved a proposal that limits the export of wild African elephants. It says that elephants from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and South Africa can only be exported to African countries where elephants live or used to live. There’s one exception: export may be allowed if a country can prove that there’s a real conservation benefit to sending an elephant elsewhere.