In Sri Lanka, having a baby elephant at home is considered an ultimate status symbol by the wealthy. Photo: Reuters

Sri Lanka smashes trafficking ring that stole 40 baby elephants and sold them to super-rich for US$125,000 each

  • A senior conservation official and seven others have been charged with 33 counts of capturing and possessing baby elephants
  • If convicted, the eight would face jail time of up to 20 years in the ‘first ever elephant trafficking case in [Sri Lanka’s] legal history’
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In Sri Lanka, having a baby elephant at home is considered an ultimate status symbol by the wealthy. Photo: Reuters
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