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Elephant skin purse, hippopotamus tusk, and other endangered animal objects seized at LAX

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15 products made from endangered animals were seized at Los Angeles International Airport last week, said U.S Customs and Border Protection.

Officers discovered one hippopotamus tusk, seven ivory tusks, and seven leather purses made from stingray, crocodile, ostrich, and elephant skins.

The illegal imports were foud via X-ray in the luggage of a 63-year-old woman, a U.S. citizen, arriving in L.A. from Greece via Germany.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents confirmed with customs officals that all of the confiscated items were prohibited from import under the Endangered Species Act.

USFWS launched a new website this month focused on endangered species, stories of recovery, and conservation efforts for the country's native fish, wildlife and plants. An interactive map tracks progress by state.

The Service is "actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species," notes the official release.

With contributions from AP

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