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Over 4 tons of ivory confiscated in 2014-2019 in Mozambique

By Antipoaching
Xinhua | March 4, 2020

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MAPUTO: The Mozambican government said on Wednesday that it seized 4,394 kg of ivory, 190 kg of rhino horns, and other trophies from the year 2014 to 2019.

Minister of Land and Environment Ivete Maibase announced the figures during the launch of a campaign against poaching in Maputo, a day after the World Wildlife Day.

“There is a need to combat poaching fiercely, as part of preserving wildlife species,” she said.

Over the past five years, the minister said, 1,682 offenders were “neutralized,” 30,916 traps deactivated, and around 500 weapons confiscated, Maibase said.

The campaign, “Poaching steals from all of us,” was designed to raise public awareness for the prevention and fight against poaching, to combat trafficking in wildlife products, and to boost ecotourism.

Mozambique’s conservation areas cover about 25 percent of its territory, including seven national parks and seven national reserves.

Mozambique: Rhino horns seized in Maputo last month are fake – ANAC

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The Club of Mozambique | October 11, 2019

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The National Conservation Area Administration denies the PRM and says the two supposed rhino horns found last month in possession of a Mozambican citizen are fake.

The story began to unfold from the second PRM station in Maputo City, and its protagonist was a young man detained by police on suspicion of trafficking in rhino horns. Police, through the general command spokesman told the press that they believed the horns were authentic.

The National Conservation Areas Administration (ANAC) today announced the verdict regarding the authenticity of the two rhino horns.

Original photo as published by Club of Mozambique: Photo: O País

“The [task of carrying out the] expert assessment and report was handed to the appropriate authorities. The rhino horns are fake. They are made of an acrylic material, goat skin at its base and, inside them, a beer bottle to lighten the weight,” said ANAC representative Carlos Lopes.

The young man was arrested, police said, as he was preparing to deliver the package to a presumed client in one of the capital’s hotel resorts.