Zimbabwe Moving to Sell its $600 Million Ivory Supply
Zimbabwe hosted the first United Nations and Africa Union meeting on wildlife. The country is seeking permission to sell its $600-million supply of elephant ivory and rhino horns to pay for conservation programs.
In some parts of Africa, elephant populations are in decline. That is mostly because hunters shoot the animals for their valuable ivory tusks.
Officials in Zimbabwe, however, say the country's elephant population is up to 84,000.
But some people who live near Zimbabwe's wildlife parks have different concerns. Gertrude Dube lives in a village near Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's biggest wildlife reserve. Her main problem is with hyenas. The animals have eaten all seven of the goats she once owned.
But elephants make life difficult too, she says.
Dube said, "We love and appreciate wild animals. But some like lions and elephants are dangerous. When people hear of elephants in the area, even school children fear going to school, as they kill."
Zimbabwe and neighboring countries Botswana and Namibia are home to over 60 percent of the world's elephants. The countries want to end the international ban on trading in unprocessed ivory. The law was created 30 years ago in hopes of protecting elephant populations.
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the country has about $600-million worth of elephant ivory and rhino horns. Most of the supply was taken from animals that died of natural causes.
Mnangagwa added that Zimbabwe supports sharing benefits from natural resources fairly "among communities living within wildlife areas."
That would be good news for Dube and others who lose their crops and animals because of elephants and other wildlife.
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.elephant ivory 象牙
A UN panel gave right to China on Tuesday to import African elephant ivory under strict conditions.
2.rhino horns 犀牛角
Ivory and rhino horns sell for very high prices in Asia.
3.natural resources 自然资源
They are looking at ways of reducing the waste of natural resources.
4.died of 死于
They had died of gunshot wounds.
5.The law was created 30 years ago in hopes of protecting elephant populations.
in hopes of 希望
Moderates are plagiarizing his ideas in hopes of wooing voters.
They were in hopes of having a good day for the picnic.
6.In some parts of Africa, elephant populations are in decline.
be in decline 衰退；减少
Inflation is rampant and industry in decline.
Its stock has been in decline for years.
津巴布韦主办了首届联合国和非洲联盟野生动物会议 。该国正在寻求出售价值6亿美元的象牙和犀牛角的许可，以支付自然保护项目的费用 。
在非洲的一些地区，大象的数量正在下降 。主要原因是狩猎者为了获取珍贵的象牙而射杀这些动物 。
但是津巴布韦野生动物公园附近的一些居民有不同的担忧 。格特鲁德·杜布（Gertrude Dube）住在津巴布韦最大的野生动物保护区Hwange国家公园附近的村庄里 。她担心的主要问题是鬣狗 。这种动物把她养的七只山羊都吃掉了 。
杜布说：“我们热爱并珍惜野生动物 。但像狮子和大象这类动物是危险的 。当人们听说这个地区有大象时，小学生害怕得不敢上学，因为他们会吃人 。”
津巴布韦及其邻国博茨瓦纳和纳米比亚拥有的大象数量占全球60%以上 。这些国家希望结束国际对未加工象牙的贸易禁令 。这项法律制定于30年前，旨在保护大象数量 。
津巴布韦总统姆南加古瓦表示，津巴布韦拥有价值6亿美元的象牙和犀牛角 。其中大部分来自于自然死亡的动物 。