A wildlife protection group says Cambodia has made one of its biggest seizures ever of smuggled animal parts, including more than a ton of ivory.
The Wildlife Alliance said Thursday that 1.3 metric tons of ivory, 10 cheetah skulls and 82 kilograms (180 pounds) of cheetah bones, and 137 kilograms (301 pounds) of pangolin scales were found Dec. 16 concealed in three containers shipped from Mozambique.
The group said in a statement that another shipment of illicit ivory by the same company was intercepted in Vietnam in October.
Wildlife Alliance said Cambodia has made 19 seizures of ivory and rhino horn from six African countries since 2014.
Cambodian officials have seized 1.5 tonnes of illegal ivory and animal parts hidden in a timber shipment from Mozambique that was destined for China, a wildlife charity and an official said on Thursday.
Cambodian customs have seized some 1.3 tonnes of African elephant tusks and other exotic animal parts destined for China. The huge haul — one of the largest seizures in Cambodia this year — highlights the Southeast Asian nation’s key role in a lucrative and ecologically disastrous illegal wildlife trade primarily fuelled by Chinese demand.
According to Wildlife Alliance, a Cambodia-based conservation group which helps authorities track smugglers, customs officials made the bust while searching some shipping containers last Friday on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
Hidden behind rare timber logs, they found 1.3 tonnes of African elephant tusks, 10 cheetah skulls, 82 kilograms (180 pounds) of animal bones and 137 kilograms of pangolin scales.”