Stolen Apes Counts Illegal  Trade Toll

Stolen Apes Counts Illegal Trade Toll

08th Jul 2013 Press Releases

The illegal trade that sees almost 3,000 live great apes lost from the forests of Africa and Southeast Asia each year is increasingly impacting wild populations as links to organized crime grow stronger.

Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans [PDF] is the first report to analyze the scale and scope of the illegal trade and highlights the growing links to sophisticated trans-boundary crime networks, which law enforcement networks are struggling to contain.
 
Stolen Apes, which was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through GRASP, estimates that a minimum of 22,218 great apes have been lost from the wild since 2005 – either sold, killed during the hunt, or dying in captivity – with chimpanzees comprising 64 per cent of that number.
 
The report examines confiscation records, international trade databases, law enforcement reports, and arrival rates from sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers between 2005 and 2011.
 
GRASP Names Gorilla in  Rwanda Ceremony

GRASP Names Gorilla in Rwanda Ceremony

07th Jul 2013 Featured, Press Releases

GRASP Name Gorilla in Rwanda Ceremony

GRASP coordinator Doug Cress took part in Rwanda’s 9th annual Gorilla Naming Ceremony (“Kwita Izina”) held to commemorate the new Mountain gorilla infants and social groups. Cress joined other delegates such as Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, U.N. World Tourism Organization director Dr. Taleb Rifai, and Nigerian actor Noah Ramsey in announcing the names on June 22 before a crowd of over 25,000 at the Volcanoes National Park.

The ceremony, which is organized by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), designated 12 infants and one social group for names in 2013. 

Cress chose the name “Iraje” (“newcomer”) for an infant female gorilla born on April 30 to Umuhanga from the Karisimbi A social group.

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