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

This month’s seizure figures represent the death of at least 540 elephants, bringing the total so far this year to at least 3,860 dead elephants…

2nd September – Port Klang, Malaysia
At the country’s largest port just west of the Kuala Lampur capital, another Malaysian seizure is made, this time of 695 tusks weighing approximately 2 tonnes, bringing the number of large seizures over the past two weeks to four. This amounts to a total of 3,194 tusks, representing at least 1,774 elephants from these four seizures alone. All involved Malaysia as a transit country, with the last shipment originating in Tanzania and destined for China, labeled as recycled craft plastic. Press report ;  See last month’s records for the other 3 seizures

2nd September – Ndola, Zambia
A mini bus bearing diplomatic number plates attempting to cross the border with Democratic Republic of Congo is found to be transporting 169 tusks. Press report

13th September - Kochi City, India
An antique piece of ivory carving, depicting scenes from the Kama Sutra, is seized by local police. Press report

14th September – Mombasa Port, Kenya
A shipping container is searched and found to contain 32 tusks hidden behind bales of buttons and clothing. Chinese exporting and importing companies were reportedly involved, with the shipment destined for Hong Kong. Press report

17th September – Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates
An undisclosed amount of ivory in the form of tusks and carved bracelets is seized by airport security. Press report

21st September – Badagry, Nigeria
On the southwestern coastal road heading into nearby Benin, a routine border patrol by customs officials leads to the seizure of nine tusks. Press report

29th September - Blackheath, Cape Town, South Africa
Acting on a tip-off, police raid a place of business and in a container intended for shipment to China, find 15 tusks. Press report

29th September – Nghe An, Vietnam
Approximately 200kg in tusks is discovered in a van and seized by local police. Press report


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