200kg of Malaysia-bound ivory intercepted

200kg of Malaysia-bound ivory intercepted

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The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) says a 200kg consignment of ivory destined for Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia has been intercepted at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

The ivory, which was stashed in four boxes was intercepted yesterday with the help of the country’s security agencies who were on duty at the airport.

Two people, who are alleged to have been facilitating the movement of the consignment have been identified following the interception and investigations are being made to establish the owner of the contraband.

Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the interception of the ivory, adding that the authority which has declared zero tolerance on poaching remains on high alert.

Statistics from Zimparks indicate that from January to October, a total of 429 arrests in connection with poaching were made countrywide.

The country’s northern region had the highest cases with a total 242 arrests.

During the same period, a total of 42 elephants have died as a result of cyanide poisoning.

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