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The Mozambican authorities seized a container in April with three tonnes of ivory during a routine operation at the port of Maputo. The tusks were covered in plastic supposedly going to be recycled in Cambodia. Photo: Lusa
Almost a third of the three tones of ivory tusks the authorities seized during a police operation in Maputo last month has been stolen from state warehouses, a report into the case concluded.
A National Conservation Area Administration (ANAC) report quoted by the ‘Noticias’ newspaper, on Wednesday said 813 kg had been stolen from the provincial Earth, Environment and Rural development warehouse and the Criminal Investigation Service both in Lichinga, in Niassa province in northern Mozambique.
The Mozambican authorities seized a container with three tonnes of ivory during a routine operation at the port of Maputo.
The tusks were covered in plastic supposedly going to be recycled in Cambodia.
The latest ANAC reports said Mozambique had lost 48% of its elephant population between 2011 and 2016 and was risking being banned from international trade in derivatives of that species because of a lack of clarity in animal management.
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