According to a zoo, a lonely giraffe has fallen victim to the bureaucracy surrounding animal imports caused by Brexit.
Mburo, a male Rothschild giraffe whose mate passed away last year, has been unable to mate, according to Marwell in Hampshire.
The breeding programs for endangered species are in danger, according to the zoo, one of the 75 conservation organizations calling for an end to red tape.
To "agree a practical resolution," Defra said it was talking to the EU.
We are attempting to import a new giraffe, but moving animals across the English Channel is extremely challenging, according to Marwell CEO Dr. James Cretney.
"The process for obtaining export certification to move animals does not line up, and each specific agreement has to be mediated between the UK and independent EU states; if that is not the case, you cannot move the animals.
While some of these animals are in danger of going extinct in the wild, they are also becoming increasingly scarce in captivity. ".
Marwell transported 32 animals between the UK and abroad in 2019 compared to four the previous year.
Because the paperwork is so time-consuming, Dr. Cretney said, "We've just had to hire an expert in animal transportation.".
In a letter to Rishi Sunak last month, 75 zoos, wildlife preserves, and animal sanctuaries urged the government to engage in negotiations with the European Commission to facilitate the transfer of zoo animals between Britain and the EU.
An official from Defra stated: "We are clear that the movement of zoo animals between the UK and EU should continue, and we are engaging with them to agree on a practical solution.