Asian supermodel Nadya Hutagalung joined A-list celebrities to launch a United Nations campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife that is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal networks.
A web-based tool that superimposes maps of valuable underground carbon stocks with great ape distribution in Africa and Asia – thereby making the strongest possible argument for protecting both – was launched this week in Monrovia, Liberia, by the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the United Nations Collaborative Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD Programme).
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.
Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil globally and is found in approximately 50% of consumer products including chocolate among others. It is estimated this year that the U.S alone will spend $18 billion on chocolate and gifts for Valentine’s Day.
The Illegal Trade in Great Apes: Webcast Episode 03
Rwanda president Paul Kagame publicly endorsed the petition to establish World Great Apes Day in his speech at the annual Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony on 5 September near Volcanoes National Park.
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) welcomed the recent arrest of Guinea’s former wildlife director, who is believed to have played a key role in illegally exporting hundreds of chimpanzees and other endangered wildlife from the West African nation beginning in 2008.
Africans and Asians who battle poachers and illegal traders, train veterinarians, promote community engagement and return apes to the wild are among the winners of the 2nd Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) – Ian Redmond Conservation Awards.
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.
An experimental program that uses a model drone airplane to conduct aerial surveys of vital rainforest habitat in Indonesia has quickly proven a success – returning with images of both orangutans and the sad effects of deforestation.
The radio-controlled drone was tested recently in Indonesia, and relayed images that would previously have only been possible with low-flying airplanes. Those flights, however, are both dangerous and prohibitively expensive.
The thick forest canopy in Indonesia makes visual identification difficult of orangutans in the high treetops. But the drone’s mounted cameras clearly showed orangutans nesting in the trees.
It is believed that systematic drone flights will be a valuable tool in developing accurate counts as to the number of orangutans left in the wild, which previously had been estimates.