Apart from the glaring errors in this report, I think the import of the dodgy translation is still clear enough to show the underlying Chinese attitude to wildlife. The ivory moratorium does not show a change of heart just a game of smoke and mirrors to cover China’s long-term intentions. Where they get the figures for millions of elephants nine years ago I don’t know. KS

 

Xinhua

Jiangsu Port welcomes “rare visitor”? national treasure African elephants
will settle in Changzhou (China)
March 5, 2018

The Jiangsu inspection and quarantine department was informed that six
African elephants from Zimbabwe, after passing through the quarantine
inspection in Guangdong port, are expected to meet with the general public
friends in Changzhou, Jiangsu, in early March, which means that this is the
first time in Jiangsu Port the precious African elephant of African
national treasure have come as a landmark.

It is reported that six African elephants aged 3-4 years, of which two are
male elephants and four are female elephants, will settle in Changzhou.

Li Dongming, chief of the Department of Animal and Plant Detection at the
Changzhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau in Jiangsu Province, said: “Nine
years ago, the total population of African elephants and Asian elephants
was about 6 million to 9 million.Today, with only about 500,000 heads, the
number has plummeted, like more precious resources.”

Statistics show that there are about 80,000 African elephants in Zimbabwe
at present.

The huge number of elephants exerts more pressure on Zimbabwe’s animal
protection capability.

Through the exchange and cooperation of provenances, the healthy growth in
comfortable environmental conditions has played an active role in
protecting these rare species.

As early as 2014, the 

imported a sample of
African elephants from South Africa, attracting wide attention and visits.

After four years, the elephant finally “walked” from the specimen and would
truly intimate contact with the public.

Inspection and quarantine staff in Changzhou, Jiangsu, learned about the
import intention of Yancheng Safari Park in Changzhou in July last year,
studied the import plan with the enterprises, looked up the data, and
instructed the enterprises to do the disinfection work well in the pensions
of the park? from feeding management, health and epidemic prevention, and
disease control and other aspects of providing rationalization advice for
the enterprise.

At the beginning of the establishment of Jiangsu Yancheng Wild Animal
World, Jiangsu Changzhou Inspection and Quarantine Bureau sent an expert
team many times to visit the park to understand the park’s functional
planning, hardware facilities and epidemic prevention system, taking the
‘on-site quarantine inspection, on-site release’ approach to shorten the
inspection and quarantine processes.

At the same time, transport vehicles at parked venues loaded and unloaded
tools, transferring tools to strictly implement disinfection, staff to
accept epidemic prevention and disinfection to ensure that there were no
dead ends, no problems, in the epidemic prevention and disinfection work.

Since 2007, the world of flooded wildlife in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province has
continuously raised the standards for the construction of designated
quarantine farms for imported animals.

There have been 16 imported giraffes from South Africa and the Netherlands,
15 of which have passed the quarantine inspection and have come together
with tourists from all over the world.

In recent years, the number of ornamental animals imported from Jiangsu
Province has been increasing year by year.

The species are also becoming more and more abundant. Last year, Nanjing
imported Japanese national treasure Koi, German police dogs, Plowshares and
nurse sharks, Dutch rock kangaroos, and Russian killer whales from Wuxi.
Greatly enriched the rare animal and plant species resources in Jiangsu
Province.

http://www.js.xinhuanet.com/2018-03/05/c_1122490316.htm

 

This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.

For further information on elephants please see Save the Elephants’ web site
at http://www.savetheelephants.org