Zimbabwe’s Baby Elephants at Risk
In a Disney-esque plot, dozens of baby elephants are reportedly bound for export to China from their native Zimbabwe. President Robert Mugabe’s cash-strapped regime is allegedly preparing to engage in the lucrative trade of baby elephants, which are in high demand in countries like China. Baby elephants separated from their mothers live wretched lives, suffering a “fate worse than death,” said one expert. The alleged trade is yet another consequence of Mugabe’s three-decades-long dictatorship and toothless international conventions aimed at protecting wild animals.