By David Harding
One of the world's poorest countries is to have a $7.5 million bonfire this week.
Malawi, a landlocked country in south-eastern Africa, will set fire to a huge stockpile of ivory, reports The Independent.
Almost four tons of ivory poached from elephants will be set on fire to try and deter poachers.
The pile is estimated to be worth millions in a country which is extremely poor and in the throes of a corruption scandal, when millions of dollars were removed from government funds.
"It is really inspiring that the Malawi government is prepared to make wildlife conservation a priority in these difficult times," said Johnny Vaughan, general manager of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust.
The trust has predicted elephants could be wiped out in Malawi by 2025. There are around 2,000 at the moment.
Malawi is following the example of Ethiopia, which earlier this month set fire to six tons of tusks and carved ivory.
The ivory bonfire will take place on Thursday and will involve government officials, 600 schoolchildren and dancers dressed as elephants.