Cambodia’s largest ivory seizure – 3.2 tonnes of tusks.

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According to Asia Times, Cambodia seized a record 3.2 tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in a storage container from Mozambique at the Phnom Penh Autonomous Port. The container arrived at Phnom Penh last year and the owner never picked up the container.

Officials in Cambodia were alerted to the tusks from a tip from the US embassy. This most recent seizure is one of many in the past 5 years in Cambodia, and further adds to Cambodia’s reputation as a trafficking hub. Another reason may be Thailand’s crackdown on ivory and Cambodia’s close proximity to China and Vietnam.