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OPEN SEASON: The Burgeoning Illegal Ivory Trade in Tanzania and Zambia

The level of illegal ivory being seized worldwide is at an all-time high as evidenced by the number of large consignments that have been seized since January 2009. In November 2008, 108 tonnes of ivory was sold in a “one-off” sale to China and Japan from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The view was that this sale would flood the two markets thereby satisfying the demand and reducing poaching.

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