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Elephant-Rich States Row Back From Threat to Quit Trade Body

  • Minister says threat was in a draft tweeted by spokesman
  • Southern Africa will demand right to sell ivory stockpiles
A herd of elephants drink from a river at the Mashatu game reserve in Mapungubwe, Botswana. 

A herd of elephants drink from a river at the Mashatu game reserve in Mapungubwe, Botswana. 

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A group of Southern African countries where two-thirds of the world’s African Elephants live rowed back from a threat to leave an international governmental body that regulates trade in endangered species and their products.

Mangaliso Ndlovu, Zimbabwe’s environment minister, said a document tweeted by a government spokesman in which the countries threatened to leave the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, was a draft.