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Zimbabwe Protects Elephants With Coal Ban in National Park

  • Permits had been awarded to Chinese companies in Hwange
  • The park is one of the world’s premier elephant reserves
An elephant walks in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

An elephant walks in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

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Zimbabwe has banned mining in its national parks in response to protests after permits to explore for coal in one of the world’s premier elephant reserves were awarded to Chinese companies.