To celebrate World Elephant Day today, the conservation group Wildlife Alliance (WA) celebrated its achievement of zero poaching of the Cardamom Rainforest’s Asian elephant population in the last decade, according to a press release on Wednesday. The press release noted that the rainforest was a poaching hotspot in the early 2000s, with 37 wild Asian elephants being poached from 2000 to 2006. Beginning in 2002, WA began cooperating with the government to enforce the law and patrol the forest.
Customs officials in Sihanoukville on Friday seized 128 pieces of ivory weighing more than 600 kg from a container that had been sitting in the city’s port for more than two years.
Kin Ly, the head of the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port’s customs and excise department, said the 613-kg haul was discovered hidden among grains of corn when the container was finally opened at about 8:30 a.m.
“There are 41 cut pieces and 87 tusks. It was embedded in corn from the African continent,” Mr. Ly said.