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Slaughter of the elephants. Legal ivory sale linked to poaching surge across Kenya's huge Tsavo National Park

An auction of legal ivory from animals like this South African elephant is thought to have encouraged poachers in Kenya
An auction of legal ivory from animals like this South African elephant is thought to have encouraged poachers in Kenya


2009-02-25 - Nairobi, Kenya , Michael McCarthy

There has been an "unprecedented" surge in elephant poaching in one of Kenya's principal national parks since a large-scale ivory sale late last year, which gave a renewed boost to the international ivory market. The sale was of more than 100 tonnes of legal ivory from four southern African countries whose elephant populations are not threatened, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.



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