HARARE, Zimbabwe – Its emerged Zimbabwe’s stock of rhino horn, which is kept in a strong room at the National Parks and Wildlife Zimbabwe Central Reservation Office in Harare, is now under threat from weevils.
In addition to five tonnes of rhino horn, the authority is also holding 70 tonnes of ivory.
A senior parks official says the weevil damage is going to seriously undermine the quality of the horns.
Geoffreys Matipano has confirmed the authority has five tonnes of rhino horn in its strong room.
The horns have been collected over the years, either from animals found dead in the bush from natural causes, or confiscated from poachers and dealers.
Matipano has told the state-run Herald newspaper that the authority is also holding 70 tonnes of ivory, and is running out of storage space.
Parliamentarians from President Robert Mugabe’s party said earlier this year that they wanted the cites ban on the ivory trade lifted, describing it as “imperialistic”.