Why A Herd Of Elephants Is Crossing Thousands Of Miles In A Rare Journey Through Southwest China

CRUX – Jun 9, 2021

Meet China’s wandering elephants. These wild Asian elephants are on a unique journey. The roaming herd of 15 wild elephants is on a 500-kilometre trek that has captured the public’s imagination. The herd began its journey northwards more than a year ago, travelling from a designated elephant protection zone in Xishuangbanna, near China’s border with Myanmar. It is unclear what prompted the herd to head north, but conservation efforts in Yunnan over the past decade have seen elephant numbers double, putting land and resources under increasing strain.

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