Shocking – smugglers disguised elephant ivory into chocolate in China

Elephant tusks disguised as chocolate © WWF

China / August 15, 2013 – Custom officials in Macao, China grew suspicious last week when they saw 15 boxes of unusually heavy chocolate in a set of luggage. Further investigation brought a staggering find: After soaking in warm water, the chocolate melted away to reveal 583 elephant tusks. Between September and December of 2012, more than 90 ivory seals, known as name chops, were found concealed in chocolate packaging and recovered from South Africa to Taiwan. In another recent seizure, Hong Kong customs officials found 1,148 ivory tusks disguised…

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11,000 Elephants slaughtered in Minkebe National Park in Gabon

WCS scientists confirm Africa’s largest elephant population cut by at least half in ten years. LIBREVILLE, GABON / February 6, 2013 -The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today that a national park, once home to Africa’s largest forest elephant population, has lost a staggering 11,100 individuals due to poaching for the ivory trade. The shocking figures come from Gabon’s Minkebe Park, where recent surveys of areas within the park revealed that two thirds of its elephants have vanished since 2004. The majority of these losses have probably taken place in…

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