EnvironmentWildlife IssueKenya concern over UK elephant 'rewilding' project

Kenya concern over UK elephant ‘rewilding’ project

-

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya voiced concern Wednesday over plans by an animal charity to fly a herd of elephants from a British zoo to Kenya for “rewilding”.

The Aspinall Foundation said it plans to take the elephants on a Boeing 747, dubbed the Dumbo jet, from southern England to their new home 7,000 kilometers (4,500 miles) away.

The charity said it would work with anti-poaching teams to help ensure the long-term survival of the 13 animals — including three babies — once they reach one of two sites under consideration in southern Kenya.

But Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said it “noted with concern” the reports in the British media about what the charity has described as the first rewilding project of its kind.

“The ministry wants to state that neither them nor the Kenya Wildlife Service have been contacted or consulted on this matter,” the ministry said.

“Relocation and rehabilitation of an animal from a zoo is not easy and is an expensive affair.”

A ministry official told AFP that the Kenyan authorities would be guided by specific regulations drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the movement of animals.

The IUCN warned in March that poaching and habitat destruction, particularly due to land conversion for agriculture, was devastating elephant numbers across Africa.

The population of African savanna elephants shrank by at least 60 percent in the last half-century, prompting their reclassification as “endangered” in the latest update to the IUCN’s “Red List” of threatened species.

The Aspinall Foundation said the operation was planned for next year and that it would be the first time a breeding herd of elephants will have been rewilded.

Aspinall’s head of communications Carrie Johnson, wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said the plan would support Kenya’s economy after the coronavirus pandemic.

“Life in Kent is pretty good for these elephants, all things considered. But Africa is where they belong,” she said in an article published in the British media.

AFP
AFP is a leading global news agency for comprehensive, verified coverage of events shaping the world.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Climate change could trigger internal migration of 216 mln people – World Bank

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Without immediate action to combat climate change, rising sea levels, water scarcity and declining...

Australia eyes Christmas reopening of international borders

SYDNEY — After more than 18 months of COVID-19 isolation, Australia is preparing to reopen its international borders by Christmas...

Vaccinated pregnant people can pass on Covid antibodies to fetus: Study

Pregnant women who are vaccinated against COVID-19 also pass on the coronavirus antibodies to their unborn children, according to...

End unilateral sanctions on Taliban, China urges G-20

ISLAMABAD — China’s top diplomat Thursday urged a virtual conference of G-20 foreign ministers to end economic sanctions against Taliban-ruled...

Supermodel Linda Evangelista says cosmetic treatment left her ‘deformed’

Kolkata, India: Linda Evangelista, one of the original 1990s supermodels who dominated the catwalk and fashion covers in the...

McD pledges to phase out plastic toys with Happy Meals by 2025

Fast-food giant McDonald's said Tuesday it would phase out plastic toys from its signature Happy Meals by 2025. "Starting now,...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you