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Representatives from Bureau of Customs and Biodiversity Management Bureau with the Rhinoceros horns.

The horns were intercepted by the BOC in September 2012 at the Manila International Container Port in South Harbor, Manila. The shipment was declared as cashew nuts by the shipper, the Chistevas Import and Export, Maputo City, Mozambique.

The Rhinoceros population is listed under Appendix I of the CITES, which means that international trade of the species, including its parts and by-products is strictly prohibited.

CITES is an international agreement between governments to ensure that the survival of wild animals and plants is assured through the regulation of international trade. The BMB is the CITES Management Authority for terrestrial species in the Philippines.

Director Lim said that the BMB will coordinate with Mozambique for the possible return of the specimens. If the African state refused to accept them, they will be disposed of properly in accordance with CITES and national policies.

rhinohorns02Lieutenant Angelito Cruz (left) of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) formally turned over the Rhinoceros horns to the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB).
BMB Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (center) together with Ms. Josefina De Leon of Wildlife Resources Division (right) received the seized horns.