A playful young elephant in northern Namibia. In March, 22 wild-caught elephants, including young calves, were sold and shipped from Namibia to the Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates, sparking international outrage. In total, Namibia plans to sell 170 elephants, claiming their removal from the wild is necessary to lessen elephant-human conflicts. An independent investigation, however, revealed that Namibia is exaggerating the frequency and severity of such conflicts and that its wildlife management program is plagued by corruption and largely ineffective in its aims. For the full story, see page 14.
Photograph by Johan Swanepoel