The elephants, aged between 3 and 5 years, may be flown out of Victoria Falls by February.
HARARE – Vets in Zimbabwe have confirmed that 27 juvenile elephants have been captured for export to China.
News of the baby elephant capture in Zimbabwe's famed Hwange National Park, has stirred international outrage and an online petition to get the exports stopped.
This is the first independent confirmation of the capture of these elephants.
Veterinarians for Animal Welfare in Zimbabwe (VAWZ) says that the elephants were captured between November and early December.
One of the elephants has died, while others have received treatment for injuries sustained while in captivity, in Hwange National Park.
VAWZ says all 27 of the elephants, aged between three and five years, are destined for China, and they may be flown out as early as February from Victoria Falls.
Yesterday it emerged Zimbabwe’s stock of rhino horn, which is kept in a strong room at the National Parks and Wildlife Zimbabwe Central Reservation Office in Harare, is now under threat from weevils.
In addition to five tonnes of rhino horn, the authority is also holding 70 tonnes of ivory.
A senior parks official said the weevil damage is going to seriously undermine the quality of the horns.
The horns have been collected over the years, either from animals found dead in the bush from natural causes, or confiscated from poachers and dealers.