NANJING China (Xinhua) --
Six African elephants have passed quarantine
inspection and will soon settle at a safari park in Changzhou
City, east China’s Jiangsu Province, according to the local
inspection and quarantine bureau Tuesday.
elephants, four female and two male, are between three to four
This is the first
time live African elephants have been introduced in Jiangsu.
In 2014, the park
bought an African elephant specimen from South Africa and
received a warm response from tourists, according to Li Dongming
with the bureau.
“Four years later,
the specimen finally can ‘walk out’ to meet the public,” Li
The African elephant
population is severely reduced as poachers brutally hunt them
for ivory, while their natural habitat is shrinking.
There are roughly
500,000 African elephants in the world, with about one-sixth in
They often move in
groups and roam across the land, adding difficulty for local
people trying to protect their livelihoods.
“We hope to play a
positive role in the protection of the elephants by offering
them a more comfortable habitat,” Li said.
To help the
elephants quickly adapt to their new home, the inspection and
quarantine bureau of Changzhou worked together with researchers
at the park in the importing, quarantine, raising and management
of the elephants.