After 13 years from 2001-2014, studying and writing about the “Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe in Hwange”, Sharon Pincott (author of “Elephant Dawn”, among many other novels) wrote a passionate Mother’s Day letter on May 13, 2018 to Zimbabwe President Mnangagwa informing him that 287,509 people living in 227 countries have signed a “Care 2 Petition” requesting the following:
"Please end the inhumane capture and separation of young elephants from their mothers for profit selling them to China and Arab countries where they are destined for a life of loneliness and misery."
Mnangagwa promised in his press release on January 13, 2018 to end the capture of elephants from their mothers and families to be sold to zoos (a practice initiated by former President Mugabe). Tragically, more young elephants were exported from Hwange in April 2018, destined for the United Arab Emirates.
Sharon Pincott noted that no evidence exits that Mnangagwa has halted Mugabe’s policy of the capture and sale of young elephants. It is heartbreaking that after only a few months in power, this new President has already broken his promise to the citizens of Zimbabwe and people throughout the world to change this horrifying practice.