Malaysia Seizes US$18 million in Elephant Tusks, Rhino Horns and Pangolin Scales Destined for China

Customs officials in Malaysia seized a cache of contraband. rare and endangered animal parts worth US$18 million on Monday July 10, 2022.

The animal parts including elephant tusks, rhino horns and pangolin scales are believed to have been smuggled from Africa.

Malaysia is one of several Southeast Asian countries identified by conservationists as a major transit point for illegally trafficked endangered wildlife that is en route to other Asian countries, mostly China.

Authorities foiled a smuggling attempt on July 10 when they discovered contraband cargo in Port Klang, on Malaysia’s west coast, hidden amongst a container of timber.

According to customs department chief Zazuli Johan, the shipment included an 6,000 kilograms (13,200 pounds) of elephant tusks – Malaysia’s largest single seizure of elephant ivory.

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