Zimbabwe’s ivory stockpile increased to more than 50 tons in September from 42 tons a year earlier, wildlife authorities said.
The country has 100,000 elephants against a capacity of 45,000, mostly at Hwange National Park in the southwest, Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo said. Water shortages led to the deaths of 17 elephants last month, she said.
Zimbabwe can’t cull the elephants or sell the ivory without permission from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Washaya-Moyo said. It doesn’t have such a permit for selling the current ivory stocks, valued at about $13 million, she said.