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Police track India-Nepal elephant trafficking. As safari tourism collapses, Nepali captive elephants are being sold illegally to buyers in India

2021-03-19 - Sauraha, Nepal. Alisha Sijapati and Tufan Neupane

A domesticated elephant used for safaris in Chitwan National Park which was being illegally transported to India in contravention of the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is being tracked by Nepal police at the border. The 50-year-old female elephant belongs to Jungle World Resort, and is named ‘Ashakali’. A video of the truck showed its number to be: ना ४ ख २८२७.


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Smugglers jailed as China"s "biggest ever" illegal ivory network smashed

2021-01-02 - Beiiing, China.

Seventeen people have been jailed -- including two for life -- for running China's largest ever ivory smuggling ring, moving millions of dollars of tusks from west Africa into the mainland's vast domestic market. A court in the southern city of Guangzhou on Tuesday handed long prison terms to 17 people involved in smuggling over 20 tons of ivory worth more than 1 billion yuan (US$156 million).


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Cameroon arrests ivory smugglers, seizes nearly 120 elephant tusks

2020-10-24 - Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Cameroon authorities arrested four ivory smugglers attempting to transport nearly 120 elephant tusks through the country’s south, officials said Friday. The group had trafficked nearly 675 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of the illicit cargo from neighboring Gabon, which is home to more than half of Africa’s remaining forest elephants.


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2020-09-10 - Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan police arrest poacher with 14 kg elephant tusksSecurity officers in the northwestern Kenya town of Kitale on Thursday arrested a poacher in possession of 14 kilograms of elephant tusks with a market value of 1.4 million shillings (about 14,000 U.S dollars).


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Thailand Seized Elephant Tusks Worth US$ Half a Million

Carved ivory tusk stockpile

2017-03-08 - Bangkok, Thailand.

Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 422 pieces of ivory elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian national suspected of smuggling the illegal wildlife product worth some 17 million baht (US$ 482,406) The 300 kilograms of tusks were seized at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport late last week after customs found suspicious shipments from Malawi through Ethiopian Airlines listed as unprocessed gemstones, according to Associated Press.


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Notorious Tanzanian ivory trafficker jailed

An elephant grazes at the Amboseli National Park on October 7, 2013. A Tanzanian court sentenced Boniface Matthew Maliango to 12 years in prison for trafficking illegal ivory

2017-03-05 - MWANZA, Tanzania.

The most notorious Tanzanian poacher, Boniface Mathew Maliango nicknamed ‘The Devil’ has been sent to twelve years imprisonment for running an ivory trafficking network across the East and Central African countries. The 47-years old poacher was convicted at the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s business capital court after being arrested in September 2015 following a year-long manhunt from Tanzanian security organs.


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Elephant bones linked to wildlife trafficking

2017-01-04 - HUA HIN, Thailand.

A task force on wildlife trafficking has unearthed the bones of five elephants which they suspect are linked to the merging of wild animals into domestic populations. The Phaya Sua task force excavated a site in Moo Baan Chang (elephant village) after it received a tip-off that dead elephants had been buried there without the knowledge of concerned authorities.


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Chinese nabbed with elephant tusks

2016-12-09 - Windhoek, Namibia.

Two Chinese nationals were detained yesterday after they allegedly attempted to smuggle elephant tusks that were cut into small pieces and stuffed into instant coffee tins. The two suspects were on their way to Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA). HKIA was recently in the news after another Chinese national was caught with 18 rhino horns worth almost N$7 million by the Hawks in South Africa after he was let through though the airport scanners in Namibia had detected the illegal exports.


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Vietnam seizes smuggled ivory hidden in timber

2016-11-30 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly a tonne of ivory smuggled from Africa after locating nearly five tons in five previous shipments to the same port in the past two months. Ho Chi Minh City´s deputy customs chief, Le Dinh Loi, said the ivory seized Monday and Tuesday was hidden inside timber in two containers that arrived at Cat Lai port and was en route to neighboring Cambodia.


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Two police officers, businessman jailed for wildlife crime, Malawi sets history

Some of the ivory

2016-11-24 - , Malawi.

Wildlife crime history was set in Malawi today with not one but two unprecedented court rulings – the first ever conviction of an individual dealing in rhino horn and, in a separate case, the first ever policemen to be convicted for wildlife trafficking.


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