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Zimbabwe President Says Selling Rhino Horns and Ivory Are Key for Conservation

  • Southern African nation has threatened to withdraw from CITES
  • Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe has $600 million of ivory, rhino horns
A black male rhinoceros is seen at a gam

Photographer: Alexander Joe/AFP via Getty Images

Zimbabwe must be allowed to sell ivory and rhino horn stockpiles valued at $600 million to fund environmental conservation efforts in the southern African nation, according to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

“The stocks are from natural attrition of those animals,” he said on Monday at a two-day meeting of regional leaders being held in the resort town of Victoria Falls, on Zimbabwe’s border with Zambia. If given permission to sell the stockpiles, the money raised “would be able to finance conservation efforts for the next two decades."