The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) will collect items made from elephant tusks and rhinoceros horns and burn them in a large-scale operation scheduled for June, Tanzania's Daily News reported Sunday (February 16th).
The exercise is being carried out in connection with a series of anti-poaching operations in Tanzania and aims to raise awareness for wildlife preservation. TATO, an umbrella organisation for nearly 500 tour companies, is spearheading the campaign.
"This comes from special requests by Tanzanian nationals, foreign visitors and a number of international organisations who have volunteered to collect all ivory and horn related artefacts and curious available countrywide so that we can set them ablaze in June," said TATO executive officer Sirili Miontini Akko.
Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Lazaro Nyalandu will launch the blaze, to be held at the opening of the 2014 Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair in Arusha.