A monthly update on press coverage of the international illegal ivory trade. 

This month’s seizures represent at least 489 dead elephants…

10th April – Pingxiang, Guangxi Province, China
A routine inspection of a truck at a highway toll station close to the border with Vietnam unearths 707 elephant tusks, 32 ivory bracelets and 1 rhino horn hidden in wooden boxes, one of the largest ever seizures of illegal ivory.  This comes two days after the 30th anniversary of China joining the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Press report

10th April – Chaizarira National Park, Zimbabwe
Park rangers seize two elephant tusks, elephant meat, weapons and ammunition following a shoot out with poachers in northwest Zimbabwe.  Two poachers are killed and others escape. Press report

12 April – Tashinga National Park, Zimbabwe
Interception by game scouts leads to the arrest of 8 men for involvement in the poaching of 4 elephants and possession of 8 tusks.  Press report

11-17th April (date not specified) – Avondale Shopping Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe
Acting on a tip off, police make four arrests at a shopping centre in Zimbabwe’s capital.  Following interrogation, 15 tusks weighing 33kg are recovered from a truck parked outside the shopping centre.  Press report

18th April – Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam
Police raid a warehouse close to Vietnam’s Chinese border and searching through sacks filled with soybeans uncover 50 whole tusks and 144 cut pieces altogether forming 122 elephant tusks weighing 300kg.  It is unclear whether this seizure was made based on intelligence gained from the 707 tusk seizure earlier this month which took place relatively close by on the China/Vietnam border.  Press report

26th April – Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati, Assam, India
A parcel on its way across India from Assam to Ahmedabad in Gujarat is intercepted by customs officials at the State airport and found to contain 3 pieces of elephant tusk weighing over 3kg.  Press report

28th April – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya
Kenyan authorities arrest a Chinese national en route to China from the Democratic Republic of Congo and 96kg of ivory is seized from three bags in the man’s possession.  Press reports


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