Kenya Seizes Ivory, Rhino Horn Heading to Asia

Kenya seized more than 300 kilograms (660
pounds) of illegal ivory and black rhinoceros horn - some of it
still bloody - on a cargo plane headed to Asia on Tuesday, wildlife
officials said.

The blood on some of the 16 elephant tusks and two rhino horns
suggested the animals had been killed recently, said Patrick Omondi
of the biodiversity and research division of the Kenya Wildlife

The contraband was hidden in wooden boxes shaped like coffins.

The flight originated in Mozambique and stopped in Nairobi en
route to Thailand and finally Laos. It was not clear where the
items came from; Omondi said they could have been smuggled into
Mozambique from Tanzania or South Africa.

Poaching elephants and black rhinos is illegal. The Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species banned trade in ivory
in 1989 after a wholesale slaughter of African elephants by
poachers in the 1970s and 1980s.

But some countries have done little to enforce the ban.

The black rhino is only found in eastern and southern Africa.

Rampant poaching decimated the black rhino population from a
high of 65,000 across Africa in the 1970s. Southern Africa now has
a population of 3,600 black rhinos.

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