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Chinese, U.S. Zoos Face Ban on Buying Wild African Elephants

  • Preliminary vote at CITES meeting changes elephant trade rules
  • Zimbabwe shipped dozens of elephants to China in recent years
A young elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

A young elephant in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Photographer: Chris Jek/AFP via Getty Images

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Zoos and circuses in the U.S. and China may soon be barred from buying African elephants that have been captured in the wild.

A vote at the 18th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in favor of limiting international trade in the animals will change current regulation that allow four southern African nations - Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa - to sell their elephants to zoos and wildlife parks on other continents.