Wild Namibian elephants illegally sold into captivity in UAE

1 min read
18 November, 2022
The New Arab Voice is our weekly podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.

This week on The New Arab Voice, we have a special audio version of an investigation from The New Arab

In March 2022, a group of wild Namibian elephants landed in the UAE. The New Arab's investigation reveals that the sale serves only to simulate an African safari experience in Emirati zoos with no benefit for the animals and Namibian locals.

This investigation tracked the elephants, from the initial auction and sale, to their removal, and ultimate transfer to facilitates in the UAE, whose suitability has been questioned.

Along the way, the investigation team looked at the people involved in the transfer, the status of the elephants and the habitats from which they came, and how their removal might threaten the existence  of the species. 

You can read the investigation in full here


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