Ugandan authorities have seized over 700 kg of elephant ivory and over 2 tons of pangolin skins in the Entebbe Airport hidden in boxes labelled as communications equipment.

“One box had 76 tusks, another had 61 pieces of ivory mixed with pangolin scales, and the third box had purely pangolin scales,” Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesman Jossy Muhangi told AFP.

The ivory was all cut into pieces so officers didn’t know just how many animals were killed.

“The tusks were still raw as they were cut from the elephants, but were cut into pieces by smugglers for easy shipment,” said Muhangi.

According to WildAid, some 33,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory.

And an estimated 100,000 pangolins are captured illegally every year in order to be sold for meat and traditional medicine in China in Vietnam.


Image by David Brossard

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