Tourism ministry unaware of relocation of 13 elephants from UK to Kenya

Some of the 13 elephants lat Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, southern England

The Ministry of Tourism has said it has not neither has Kenya Wildlife Service been contacted or consulted over the relocation of 13 elephants from Kent Wildlife park.

In a brief statement on July 7, the Ministry said relocation and rehabilitation of an animal from a zoo is not easy and “is an expensive affair”.

In a CNN report on June 6, it was reported that entire herd of elephants from a British zoo would be released into the wild in Kenya for the first time in the world.

“The 13 elephants live at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, southern England, and will be flown more than 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles) to Kenya, according to a press release from animal conservation charity the Aspinall Foundation Tuesday,” CNN reported.

It further said that 12 of the elephants were born and raised in Kent and one was born in Israel. None of themhave ever lived in the wild.

The group weighs 25 tonnes in total and includes three calves. It will be the first time that a herd of elephants has been “rewilded” in the world, organizers said

Rewilding aims to restore ecosystems to a natural state, and often involves the reintroduction of native animals.

The charity said that it hopes the project will discourage the global trade in elephants and encourage the return of animals to the wild where possible, adding that no elephants belong in captivity.


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