The Government of Malawi has joined the international community in commemorating this year’s World Wildlife Day.

In Malawi, the commemorations started with a match against wildlife crimes from Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) to Parliament Building in Lilongwe where His Excellency President Professor Peter Mutharika is expected to grace the event.

Prior to the commemorations, Government had planned to burn 4 tonnes of seized ivory but postponed the burning because it was advised that another 2.6 tonnes of ivory was still in the system as exhibits awaiting conclusion of cases which are pending in the courts.

However, Government says it remains committed to fight wildlife crime, including protection of iconic species of elephants and rhinos, which are key for tourism promotion in Malawi.

“It is important that the entire stockpile of ivory is destroyed once and for all,” said a statement from government.

World Wildlife day is commemorated on 3rd March which is Martyrs Day in Malawi and the invent was shifted to today.

In Malawi the day is celebrated under the theme “Malawi says no to illegal wildlife trade.”

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