Elephant Tusks Worth $123,000 Recovered in Tanzania

Village game scouts and the anti-poaching unit of Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism have recovered 200 million shillings ($123,000) worth of elephant tusks in the Selous Game Reserve in the Ruvuma region, Tanzania’s The Guardian reported Saturday (February 23rd).

Tanzania last year requested permission from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to sell some of its ivory stockpile, a request that it postponed in January in order to improve controls on poaching and tighten restrictions on ivory smuggling.

A report submitted to parliament in 2012 estimated that 30 elephants are killed in Tanzania daily.

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