Parties wait with baited breath to find out if two-thirds of the 182 parties at CITESCOP17 will vote in favour of legalising rhino horn.
The 17th meeting of the parties for Cites breaks tomorrow for two days, and early next week for some important votes to take place.
Swaziland submitted a late proposal to Cites for permission to introduce a limited, regulated trade in rhino horn. A ban on the international trade has been in place since 1977.
The iconic African species (Ceratotherium simum) is facing the possibility of extinction, with 100 000 rhino having been poached since then. Norman Owen-Smith, professor of ecology at Wits, said: “The most pressing issue at this Cites conference will be whether to allow legal trade in rhino horn.”