Elephants exported via port

The first of two consignments of elephants destined for the DRC were successfully delivered by the Namibian Ports Authority.

02 June 2019 | Infrastructure

Taná Pesat; Namport corporate communication manager; “This is the first time a consignment involving adult elephants left the country.”

Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) announced it had successfully and safely exported six elephants to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) through the Port of Walvis Bay.

Namport corporate communication manager Taná Pesat said in a press release that two adults (a bull and cow) and four calves were loaded at the port on the reefer vessel El Nino destined for a tourism game park in Kinshasa.

“This is the first time a consignment involving adult elephants left the country. It will definitely not be the last as this was a trial run to guarantee that future exportations are conducted smoothly.”

The shipment arrived and was offloaded at the Port of Banana on 28 May after departing from Walvis Bay on 24 May.

Dr Ulf Tubbesing from Wildlife Vets Namibia explained that a team of experts was involved during the entire process to ensure the safety of the animals during transportation and the transhipment process. “The team accompanied the consignment up to time of discharge to ensure that the elephants are well looked after.”

The entire operation lasted over 20 hours and required approximately 50 personnel members from various stakeholders to ensure that the animals were safely loaded and transported to their destination.

Late last year a consignment of 205 animals was transported from Walvis Bay to the same tourism game park in Kinshasa.

According to Dr Tubbesing the animals, which were released into strictly non-hunting reserves, are faring well.

Another consignment of elephants is expected to be shipped to the DRC in June.

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