More than 1,000 ivory tusks, mainly from baby elephants, were seized by Hong Kong customs in their biggest haul in three years, officials said on Friday.
The tusks, which weigh over two tonnes and are worth more than US$2 million, were discovered at the city's main port in a cargo container from the African country of Togo.
It was headed for mainland China and the bags of tusks were hidden beneath planks of wood.
"We profiled a container from Togo, Africa, for cargo examination. First, we found irregularities at an X-ray check. Then, we opened the container and discovered the tusks of different sizes," Wong Wai-hung, a customs' commander, told reporters.
He added that the tusks were buried underneath planks of wood in the corner of the six-metre (20-foot) container, which had been declared as carrying wood only.
More than 1,148 tusks were seized in the haul at Hong Kong's Kwai Chung terminal, worth around HK$17.5m (US$2.3m).
It was the biggest ivory seizure in the southern Chinese city since 2010, since when another nine cases have been recorded.
Ng Kwok-leung, customs' group head of ports control, said that the majority of the tusks seized in the operation were from baby elephants. More....