Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks which are illegally bought and sold by criminals around the world. Thailand is one of the top destinations for African ivory smuggling in Asia.
Vietnamese authorities have seized nearly three tons of illegal ivory hidden among boxes of fruit. The Southeast Asian country has increased efforts to tackle wildlife smuggling trade.
Cambodian officials have discovered an illegal shipment of ivory inside an abandoned shipping container, partially hidden in hollowed-out logs. The Asian state is considered a key transit point for the smugglers.
Thai authorities have discovered nearly 50 kilos (110 pounds) of smuggled rhino horn while searching luggage from Ethiopia at Bangkok's main airport. The substance is worth more than gold on the black market.
Around 20,000 elephants are killed in Africa every year for their tusks. This is not only bad news for the animals and their fans. It is also costing the tourism sector millions of dollars, says conservation group WWF.
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