Nine elephants cruelly captured in Zimbabwe for the elephant back safari trade and abused during the training process have been rescued and released to a national park by the Zimbabwe National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (ZNSPCA). IDA is pleased to financially support the worthy project to repatriate these elephants, who have fully recovered from injuries sustained during the cruel breaking and training process.
Sadly, a tenth elephant perished after capture, due to malnutrition and abuse.) The ZNSPCA reports that, since their release, the elephants have been spotted together appearing healthy and sound. We congratulate our colleagues at the ZNSPCA for their excellent work on these behalf of these elephants and thank IDA members for giving us the resources necessary to support important projects to help elephants in the U.S. and abroad.