Mozambique to fight poaching by destroying stockpile of ivory, rhino horn

Global News

JOHANNESBURG – Mozambique plans to destroy more than one ton of confiscated ivory as well as 53 rhino horns to show its resolve in the fight against poaching, a New York-based conservation group said Saturday.

Citing Mozambican authorities, the Wildlife Conservation Society said the destruction of the stockpile will happen Monday in Maputo, the capital.

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Some 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns were seized in a May 12 raid in the southern city of Matola, said the conservation group, which co-manages Niassa National Reserve, a major wildlife park in Mozambique. Ten days later, 12 of the horns were stolen from a police warehouse, and at least four officers suspected of involvement in the theft were arrested.

Authorities are investigating whether the rhino horns came from neighbouring South Africa, where rhino poaching has surged in recent years to meet growing…

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