GRASP Targets Important Audience Through Chinese-Language ‘Stolen Apes’
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will seek to engage and inform a key demographic through the release of Chinese-language edition of Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans, to coincide with World Environment Day on 5 June.
The report is available online and in printed summary form: [Chinese] Download
Stolen Apes (2013) was the first report to gauge the scale and scope of the illicit traffic in live great apes. It estimated that a minimum of 2,972 chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos were lost from the wild each year through illegal activity, fueled, in part, by demand from Asian markets.
“GRASP understands that the only way to effectively combat illegal trade is through information and behavior change,” said GRASP programme coordinator Doug Cress. “Our efforts need to look beyond source and transit countries, and focus as well on destination countries, where demand drives that traffic.”
Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world today, and is one of the six official United Nations languages. Stolen Apes was previously published in English and French.
The Chinese-language version of Stolen Apes follows the creation earlier this year of a Chinese GRASP website through Sina-Weibo, a popular social media platform in China with more than 500 million users.