The illicit traffic in live great apes and great ape body parts— whether for bushmeat consumption or for use in medicine or cultural ceremonies -- represents a considerable threat to the species’ survival. GRASP is working to strengthen law enforcement efforts, promote judicial activity, and reduce demand.
According to the 2013 GRASP report, Stolen Apes[link to pdf of stolen apes or to the publication section with an anchor], a minimum of 22,218 great apes were lost from the wild through illegal activity from 2005 to 2011, and clear links exist with other forms of organized crime.
In 2015, GRASP will launch the Great Apes Illegal Trade Database to address all aspects of the traffic.
GRASP Activities : Explore projects and programmes initiated by GRASP to protect the great apes and their habitats.