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Philippines to build elephant monument from destroyed ivory

Published on Mar 13, 2014 8:01 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines is to build an elephant monument from the ashes of seized tusks it destroyed in a landmark action against the ivory trade, an official said on Thursday.

The ash will be mixed with concrete to build a giant sculpture of a mother elephant protecting her calf, said Ms Josie de Leon, chief of the environment ministry's wildlife division.

"It is a reminder to everyone about the Philippines' historical action regarding the destruction of ivory," she told AFP.

The sculpture will stand about 4m tall when completed later this year at the same Manila park where the tusks were destroyed, Ms de Leon said.

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