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Elephant poaching is happening on an unprecedented and “industrialised” scale in Mozambique, environmentalists have warned, after 22 of the animals were killed for their tusks in the first two weeks of September.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said organised crime syndicates are slaughtering between 1,500 and 1,800 elephants a year in the southern African country, feeding demand for ivory in the far east. There are fears that Mozambique’s elephant herds could be extinct within a decade.

The crisis, described by the WCS as a “national disaster”, was discussed during a two-day meeting of Mozambican officials, law enforcement agents and diplomats in the capital, Maputo.


  • Rádio Moçambique is the state broadcaster of Mozambique.

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  • 99FM

  • BBC WS Africa

  • LM Radio

  • Radio Índico

  • Radio Maria

  • RDP África

  • RFI Afrique 

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