Intelligence chiefs have red-flagged wildlife poaching as a security risk, saying proceeds from the crime are being used to fund terror groups.
A report has shown that political and military elites are seizing protected areas, putting Zimbabwe at risk of becoming a front for ivory poaching.
New UN resolutions bring sanctions against illegal wildlife and resource traders who support armed groups committing social atrocities in Africa.
Malaysian customs have seized 24 tonnes of unprocessed elephant tusks worth almost $20-million, the largest haul in the country to date.
Two men have been arrested at Cape Town Airport for the illegal possession of elephant tusks following a tip-off by airport officials, say police.
Interpol says its biggest operation against ivory traffickers has led to more than 200 arrests and yielded nearly two tonnes of illegal ivory.
A Chinese man has been arrested in Cape Town for possessing ivory and elephant tusks.
Conservationists say regulating trade in ivory and rhino horn is getting tougher because syndicates are becoming more sophisticated.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare has called for a ban on the ivory trade after Malaysia seized a shipment of illegal tusks from Cape Town.
Malaysia has seized elephant tusks worth $760 000 from South Africa in the first haul of smuggled ivory destined for the south-east Asian country.
The past year has seen a record number of large ivory seizures across the world, confirming a sharp increase in the illegal trade in recent years.
Police on Tanzania's Zanzibar archipelago seized 1Â 041 elephant tusks apparently being smuggled en route to Malaysia, say officials.
Kenya's president set fire to more than five tonnes of ivory worth $16-million in an act meant to focus attention on a rising tide of poaching deaths.
A booming black market in African ivory linked to Asian crime syndicates may scupper efforts by Zambia and Tanzania to hold a one-off sale of tusks.
Researchers have found that more than 14 000 products made from the tusks and other body parts of elephants were seized in 2009.
Scientists have used a revolutionary genetic technique to pinpoint the area of Africa where smugglers are slaughtering elephants.