Mozambique: Eleven elephant tusks seized in Tete
Police have seized 50 ivory tusks in a residence in Boane district, on the outskirts of Maputo, a police source said on Monday.
The authorities do not know the origin of the ivory but said that it may have resulted from the killing of 25 elephants from different conservation areas in the country, said Henrique Mendes, spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic) in Maputo province during a press conference.
According to the authorities, no arrests have yet been made in relation to the case.
Sernic, in coordination with the Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), is working to “discover the real source of the tusks,” the spokesman said.
Poaching in Mozambique has been a serious threat to wildlife in the country, and has drastically reduced some species, according to official figures.
According to the latest data from ANAC, since 2009, the country has lost at least ten thousand elephants, and in the Niassa Reserve in the north of the country alone, the total number of this species fell from 12,000 to 4,400 in three years (between 2011 and 2014).
More recent reports indicate that the country lost, between 2011 and 2016, 48% of its elephant population.