Zurich Airport’s customs team have seized 262 kilograms worth of ivory from Tanzania, which could have come from as many as 50 different elephants.
Demand from China’s growing middle class continues to fuel elephant poaching in Africa.
The ivory was on its way to China after being transported from Tanzania’s capital Dar es Salaam.
National Geographic’s Bryan Christy was recently arrested during an investigation into the illegal ivory trade.
Christy created a fake tusk embedded with a hidden GPS tracker, tracking it to the doorstep of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups, known for looting communities, raping and enslaving villagers and killing park rangers who stand in their way.
It was while shipping this artificial tusk through Tanzania that Christy was arrested and thrown in jail. His reporting, though dangerous, is vitally important to help world authorities identify and follow the sources of illegal ivory and to stop the trade in its tracks.
For more on Bryan Christy’s investigation, watch Warlords Of Ivory, Tuesday 1 September at 9.30pm on National Geographic Channel