A critically endangered chimpanzee being offered for sale by illegal traders benefitted from Liberia’s tough new wildlife protection legislation this week when she was seized by national authorities and airlifted by United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to a permanent sanctuary near the capital of Monrovia.
An infant male chimpanzee who contracted tetanus after being captured by poachers and suffered regular seizures as a result was airlifted to safety by United Nations peacekeepers this week in a transfer organized by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP).
An orphaned male chimpanzee discovered in a military camp in northern Democratic Republic of Congo was confiscated by Congolese wildlife officials this week and transported by United Nations peacekeepers to a rehabilitation centre in South Kivu.
An endangered female Grauer’s gorilla, confiscated from poachers in Rwanda three years ago, was airlifted home to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on, May 19 by United Nations peacekeepers in a transfer coordinated by a coalition of conservation partners that included the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN), Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Two chimpanzees that spent the past year living behind a supermarket in Kinshasa were airlifted by United Nations peacekeepers on 24 August to a permanent sanctuary in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in a joint effort between the Congolese wildlife authority (ICCN), Gorilla Doctors, the Lwiro Centre for Primate Rehabilitation (CRPL), and the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP).