Kenya refutes reports of relocation of 13 elephants from Britain

The report says elephants could face extinction if the current rate of poaching continues

Kenya on Wednesday refuted reports that a herd of 13 elephants from a British zoo will be released into the wild in Kenya in what is referred to as a “wild first rewilding project.”

The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said that neither them nor the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) have been contacted or consulted over the matter to relocate 13 elephants that live at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, southern England and will be flown more than 7,000 kilometers to Kenya.

Relocation and rehabilitation of an animal from a zoo is not easy and is an expensive affair,” the ministry said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The statement comes after media outlets reported that the 13 elephants weighing a combined 25 tons will be transported to Kenya on big aircraft. Enditem

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