Two tons of elephant tusks seized in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities have seized hundreds of African elephant tusks worth 4 million ringgit (€984,000) that were being shipped to Cambodia.

Malaysian authorities have seized hundreds of African elephant tusks worth 4 million ringgit (€984,000) that were being shipped to Cambodia.

Customs official Azis Yacub said inspectors at Port Klang harbour found the tusks hidden in containers of handicrafts from Kenya’s Mombasa port. The shipment was headed for Cambodia’s beach resort area of Sihanoukville.

Officials said today they had no precise figure for the number of tusks, which weighed nearly two tons.

The seizure followed a tip-off yesterday. No arrests have been made.

Malaysia has stepped up inspections for illegal ivory after wildlife groups said the country was becoming a transhipment hub for tusks amid robust demand in China.

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