Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:02 - Updated Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:02
Inventory records death of 50 elephants between 2012/2017
Luanda - The first national inventory on ivory for 2012/2017 estimates that at least 50 elephants were killed in this period, which will have produced one million 240 kilograms of ivory.
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Albertina Matias, head of department and Focal Point in Angola for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Angola, said that the study recorded the natural death of six elephants from2012/2014, another 11 from 2015 to 2016 and 30 in 2017.
There were also deaths of six young elephants due to undefined causes.
According to the source, 13 poachers have been detained in the south-eastern Province of Cuando Cubango, three of whom were tried and are serving sentences ranging from six months to one year, while nine others are awaiting trial.
In Luanda, three Chinese citizens have been detained and await trial and four other Angolan citizens are in the same situation.
Albertina Nzuzi said samples were taken for the DNA study that will determine the provenance of the dead elephants.
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