Dubai Crown Prince imports 7 elephants from Zimbabwe

In an update to an earlier news post regarding the capture of baby elephants in Zimbabwe for sale to the UAE, China and possibly other countries, PEGAS learned recently during a visit to the UAE that Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was the importer of the 7 elephants that the UAE reported to the media.

Sheikh Hamden, importer of the 7 Zimbabwe elephants

Sheikh Hamden, importer of the 7 Zimbabwe elephants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEGAS was told that the 7 elephants had been held in captivity for some time and that they were not part of the group of baby elephants captured in the wild. There is at least one female adult in the group.

Elephants in the wild, where they belong

Elephants in the wild, where they belong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The elephants are being held as part of a private collection of wildlife. It is common for wealthy Emiratis to have private zoos and breeding centers, and many individuals keep exotic pets such as cheetahs, tigers and great apes. PEGAS will be publishing a news item shortly on the results of a nine-day visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, all Emirates in the UAE. Wildlife trade is rife, though the government is taking steps to curb the fashion trend of owning exotic wild animals. The royal families, naturally, are exempt.

Update 7 April 2015

PEGAS continues to receive erroneous claims that baby elephants from Zimbabwe are still destined for the UAE and that no elephants have  yet been sent. The UAE government has yet again substantiated the version PEGAS reported above on 25 March. The elephants are already in the UAE.

Fazza photographing one of his Zimbabwean elephants

Fazza photographing one of his Zimbabwean elephants

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16 responses to “Dubai Crown Prince imports 7 elephants from Zimbabwe

  1. Stop them steeling them from the wild

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  2. I would urge the Crown Prince to call in an expert on Rhino re-habilitation to assist him. Karen Trendler is a work authority on this .

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  3. Hope the crown prince will reconsider his plan.He will get bored of the elephants and move on to the next fad in his spoilt life.

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  4. leave the wildlife alone if u want to help why not give to the endangered species or the cruelty that goes on

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  5. sara o'shaughnessy

    Please use your wealth to promote keeping these animals in their natural environment and helping breeding programmes. There are some things you shouldn’t buy no matter how much money you have!

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  6. Not Halal At All! “A good deed done to an animal is like a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as cruelty to a human being.”

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  7. Sandra Wilentz

    Why is this STILL a point of discussion? Stop stealing and plundering Africa’s wildlife! They don’t belong in the UAE anymore than they do in China, France or anywhere else. It makes no difference if you are royalty, a low-life poacher, or a good-for-nothing Trophy hunter… it all boils down to the same crime, of contributing to the destruction of an entire continent and the life that made it once so beautiful. Soon there will be nothing left to fill your playground zoos with!

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  9. Please treat them well.

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  10. You are an intelligent and educated person. Please think deeply about the human nature of elephant families before taking any action to harm them and their families. Look into each baby elephants eyes and search your sole for compassion. The overwhelming majority of people around the world want the poaching slaughter of elephants to stop now. You will be a HERO if you help save these babies. Thank you

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    • Who are you addressing? PEGAS certainly does not condone the shipment of elephants from Africa to another country. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe has the legal right under CITES to do this and the only way to prevent it is for those buying the elephants to stop.

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  11. Can the U.N. do anything about these matters?

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  12. LEave THem In their Habitat, This is where GOD put them.. Lets Protect them.. In their Habitat…

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  13. I hope that Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Rakdoum has an expert like Dame Daphne Sheldrick to help his keeper with the elephants. Her keeper are the best in the world and were trained by her. Now they are taking on a big responsibility. Perhaps the Prince could possibly think of helping the Rangers keep the rest of the elephants safe in Africa itself? He might even name a group after himself? THE RANGERS HAVE TO BE COURAGEOUS AND BE DEDICATED TO HELPING THE REST OF THE WORLD’S WILD-LIFE SURVIVE. Cynthia McLaglen

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