33-million-shilling ivory haul seized in Nairobi

July 28, 2014

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Customs officials at Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport intercepted 260 kilogrammes of ivory valued at 33.8 million shillings ($385,185) bound for Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on Friday (July 25th), Kenya's The Standard reported.

The seized ivory was wrapped in boxes disguised as woodcarvings and painted with red and black oxide to deter sniffer dogs, Airport Criminal Investigation Department boss Joseph Ngisa said.

"They originated from Kisumu but we do not know if they were from animals killed in Kenya or elsewhere," he said, adding that the owner of the cargo is a Chinese national.

Last week, two black rhinos were killed in a conservancy in Laikipia.

Poachers shot and seriously injured eight-year-old rhino Malkia, who later succumbed to her wounds, said Elodie Sampere, the marketing manager for Ol Pajeta Conservancy. Malkia's calf managed to escape the poachers, he said, but was killed by a pride of lions.

"We are devastated by this loss," Sampere said. "But you can rest assured that we will continue to review and improve every aspect of our security operations."

Four rhinos were killed by poachers in Laikipia earlier this month, in the largest single attack on Kenyan rhinos in the last 26 years.

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