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Zimbabwe Moving to Sell its $600 Million Ivory Supply

津巴布韦倾向出售其6亿美元的象牙供应

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.

津巴布韦主持了首届联合国和非洲联盟野生动物峰会。该国正在寻求被许可出售其6亿美元的象牙和犀牛角供应以用于支付对自然环境的保护计划。

In some parts of Africa, elephant populations are in decline. That is mostly because hunters shoot the animals for their valuable ivory tusks.

在非洲的一些地区,大象数量正在下降。大多数是因为狩猎者为了获取他们珍贵的长象牙而将这些动物射杀。

Officials in Zimbabwe, however, say the country’s elephant population is up to 84,000.

然而津巴布韦的官员表示国家的大象数量已达8万4000头。

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.

但是生活在津巴布韦野生公园附近的一些人有不同的担忧。格特鲁德·杜布住在津巴布韦最大的野生动物自然保护区万基国家公园附近的一个村庄里。她的主要问题是鬣狗。这些动物已经将她曾经喂养的七只山羊全部吃掉了。

But elephants make life difficult too, she says. 

但是大象也使得生活变得更加艰难,她表示。

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.”

杜布说,“我们热爱并欢迎野生动物。但是像狮子和大象这样的一些动物是很危险的。当人们听说在这个地区有大象时,甚至学校的孩子们都很害怕去学校上学,因为它们会吃人。”

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.

津巴布韦和其邻国博茨瓦纳和纳米比亚的大象数量超过全世界大象数量的60%。这些国家想要结束对未加工象牙的国际交易禁令。这项法律产生于30年之前旨在保护大象数量。

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.

津巴布韦总统埃默森·姆南加格瓦表示其国家拥有价值约6亿美元的象牙和犀牛角。大多数的供应取自死于自然因素的动物。

Mnangagwa added that Zimbabwe supports sharing benefits from natural resources fairly “among communities living within wildlife areas.”

姆南加格瓦补充道津巴布韦支持住在自然保护区内的社区之间公平地分享来自自然资源的利益。

That would be good news for Dube and others who lose their crops and animals because of elephants and other wildlife.

那对杜布和那些因为大象和其他野生动物失去庄稼和动物的人来说是一个好消息。

I’m Jonathan Evans.

乔纳森·埃文斯为您报道。

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.

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Words in this Story

appreciate – v. to understand the worth or importance of something or someone; to admire and value something or someone

benefits – n. good or helpful results or effects

host – v. to be the host for a social event, a group of people, etc.

ivory – n. a hard white substance that forms the tusks of elephants and other animals


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