Cameroonian authorities seized around 200 elephant tusks at the Yaounde-Nsimalen International Airport last week.

Experts said the tusks came from elephants slaughtered in Cameroon and Gabon and were destined to Asia, where the demand for ivory is still very high despite international efforts.

Wildlife official Issola Dipanda, who supervised the operation, told Voice of America that the poachers had escaped but were being traced.

According to the African Wildlife Foundation, some 470 thousand elephants remain, with 8% of the population poached yearly.

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