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NEWS WRAP: Massive ivory seizure + creation of new hunting association

In this week’s news wrap 200kg of ivory, destined for Malaysia, has been seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport; a new association, representing the interests of professional hunters opposed to hunting captive-bred lions, has been formed in South Africa; two Tanzanian ostrich eggs smugglers get 25 years; and an expedition survives Somalia in another world-first.

200kg of ivory seized in Zimbabwe, destined for Malaysia (full story: AG News Desk)
Seized elephant ivory

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An illegal shipment of 200kg (440 lb) of ivory destined for Malaysia has been seized at Zimbabwe’s main airport, an official said on Wednesday.

Security agents from Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority intercepted the shipment on Monday, its spokesman Tinashe Farawo said. The ivory was stashed in four boxes at Robert Mugabe International Airport.

Controlled ivory trade is allowed in Zimbabwe, but its export is not permitted. Farawo said at current market prices of US$2,100 a kg, the ivory was worth US$420,000

New hunting association formed after outcry over captive-bred lion hunting (full story: AG News Desk)

A new association, representing the interests of professional hunters opposed to hunting captive-bred lions, has been formed in South Africa.

Former Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (Phasa) president Stewart Dorrington was elected as the body’s first chairperson.

Dorrington told News24 the mandate of the Custodians of Professional Hunting and Conservation South Africa (CPHCSA) was to “promote only ethical and responsible conservation-based hunting principles, such as hunting only under fair chase conditions”.

The formation of the new body followed an urgent meeting in Johannesburg on Wednesday, attended by some of the top guns in South African hunting circles.

It comes less than two weeks after constitutional and policy changes of PHASA (Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa) sent shock waves throughout the industry.

Ostrich egg smugglers get 25 years (full story: AG News Desk)

Two Tanzanian men caught with 16 ostrich eggs were sentenced to 25 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of “economic sabotage”.

The sale of ostrich eggs, used in traditional medicine or to make tourist gifts, is illegal in Tanzania.

Judge Ismael Ngaila sentenced Matiko Marwa, 32, and Julius Marwa, 42, to 25 years each, according to a source at the Serengeti District Court Registry. At the time of their arrest in December 2016, the two men said they planned to sell the eggs in neighbouring Kenya where they would be used in a purported AIDS cure.

Expedition survives Somalia in another world-first (full story: AG News Desk)
Expedition team members celebrating at the Horn of Africa

Extreme East expedition team reaching the Horn of Africa © Jaguar Land Rover South Africa

After a challenging journey of over 12,000 kilometres to war-torn Somalia, the Kingsley Holgate explorer team travelled back to South Africa, having successfully reached the most easterly point of the African continent at Ras Xaafun, in the semi-autonomous province of Puntland on the troubled Horn of Africa in the latest Land Rover Discovery vehicles.

The Land Rover-supported Extreme East expedition team left from the most easterly point on the South African coast in September and arrived in the volatile region amid escalating tensions in the ancient city of Harar, Ethiopia, ongoing troubles in Yemen, looming presidential elections in the independent but unrecognised state of Somaliland.



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