Tanzania is yet to decide on what exactly it should do with its own ivory stockpile.
Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu said the country has a bulging stockpile of elephant tusks stored safely in state warehouses, but what Tanzania is going to do with them is something which hasn’t been decided yet.
Two years ago, the whole world raised hell when Tanzania requested permission to sell off the ivory stockpile it accumulated over the past 25 years. The stockpile exceeds 100 metric tonnes and is valued at US $60 million. Mr Nyalandu said that the stockpile consists of legally accumulated tusks from animals that expired naturally and ivories confiscated from people who harvested them illegally through killing the jumbos.