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

This month’s seizures are difficult to represent in terms of total dead elephant numbers. The information which we can relate directly to actual numbers gives us at least 6 elephants, with additional seizures of at least 371 carved items being reported without a weight value.  This highlights the importance of standardising the way in which ivory seizures are reported, so that an accurate picture of the scale of the illegal ivory trade can emerge.  

6th June – Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa
Two Senegalese are arrested and two Chinese nationals are listed as wanted in connection with the recovery of seven elephant tusks. Press report 

18th June – Leixoes Port, Portugal
Customs agents inspect a shipping container of personal baggage from Mozambique to find 271 pieces of ivory, including many carved items, together with coral and African Blackwood pieces. Press report

27th June – Akwa, Douala, Cameroon
Two tusks and over 100 ivory carvings are seized and two arrests made in a sting operation, foiling the attempted sale of the ivory. Press report

28th June – Satara, Maharashtra, India 
Acting on a tip-off, police arrest two members of an interstate gang attempting to sell 11kg of ivory. Press report


MID YEAR REPORTOver the course of the first six months this year, customs and police officials around the world have seized more than 11.5 tonnes of illegal ivory, representing at least 1,753 precious elephants killed for their unique teeth.  This figure does not include the 701 carvings also seized.


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