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

This month’s seizure figures represent at least 125 dead elephants, bringing the total so far this year to at least 3,983…

5th October – Hartbeespoort Dam, South Africa
Two men are arrested for possession of an undisclosed number of elephant tusks. Press report

22nd October – Mong Cai, Vietnam
Customs officials seize 221 tusks weighing 1,061kg concealed among rolls of fabric found aboard a boat on the northern border with China. Two Chinese and a Vietnamese national are arrested. Press report

31st October - Auckland, New Zealand/Cheltenham, England
The interception of parcels containing ivory carvings sent from both England and Portugal to New Zealand leads to two seizures - one in Auckland recovering 25 items of ivory and hawksbill turtle shell including carved tusks and ivory statues and the other in Cheltenham, leading to the seizure of more than 20 pieces of ivory and two arrests. Press reports


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