ivory, tusks

Authorities in Singapore have seized ivory from nearly 300 elephants and some 12 tons of pangolin scales in a shipment heading from DR Congo to Vietnam. The combined value of seized goods tops $48 million.

Singapore officials reported their largest-ever seizure of smuggled elephant tusks, discovering 8.8 tons of ivory in a container heading to Vietnam. The shipment also contained some 11.9 metric tons (262,350 pounds) of pangolin scales.

“The seized pangolin scales and elephant ivory will be destroyed to prevent them from re-entering the market,” the country’s customs officials said on Tuesday.

The authorities made the discovery while investigating a shipment from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following a tipoff from their colleagues in China.