The 13 elephants stay at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, southern England, and will be flown extra than 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles) to Kenya, according to a push release from animal conservation charity the Aspinall Basis Tuesday.
Twelve of the elephants ended up born and lifted in Kent and 1 was born in Israel. None of the animals have ever lived in the wild.
The group weighs 25 tons in overall and includes three calves. It will be the initially time that a herd of elephants has been “rewilded” in the earth, organizers say.
Rewilding aims to restore ecosystems to a pure condition, and frequently requires the reintroduction of indigenous animals.
The charity mentioned that it hopes the job will discourage the worldwide trade in elephants and really encourage the return of animals to the wild in which doable, introducing that no elephants belong in captivity.
Every single elephants will be transported in an individual cage.
The Aspinall Foundation is working on the task with the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Company, and two web-sites in the south of Kenya are below consideration for their release.
“This is an very exciting venture and a genuine world-initially,” stated Damian Aspinall, chairman of the Aspinall Basis, in the press launch.
“As with any conservation undertaking of this magnitude, there are certainly major pitfalls, but we take into account them well value it to get these superb elephants again into the wild the place they belong.”
Two web pages in southern Kenya are staying deemed for the elephants.
While rewilding elephants is “uncharted territory,” according to the foundation website, other species have been introduced “incredibly successfully.” Last 12 months the basis sent two cheetahs back to the wild in South Africa, it additional.
“Considering the fact that the 1970s, we have been aiding elephants, delivering a wild long run to extra than 260 rescued orphans and running in depth security assignments to make certain they, their wildborn infants and their wild kin are very best protected in the course of their lives,” said Angela Sheldrick, CEO of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, in the press release.
“We appear ahead to presenting that same prospect to these 13 elephants when they established foot on African soil — house, exactly where they belong, and able to stay wild and totally free as character meant.”
The elephants will be transported in personal cages custom made to their demands, and vets will be on hand all over the flight, in accordance to the Aspinall Basis web page. Conservationists are boosting funds for the undertaking.