Bangkok, Thailand, 28th November 2016–Two new reports have raised concerns over the numbers and sources of apes in Thailand’s wildlife attractions and argue that the country’s ability to stop illegal trade in orangutans and other non-native apes is hampered by inadequate laws.
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Bangkok, Thailand, 22nd February 2016—TRAFFIC is urging Thailand to improve its laws to protect a host of non-native wildlife species from trafficking, the same way it has for African Elephants and the illegal ivory trade.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20th October 2015—Two Sumatran Orangutans seized in July this year arrived safely back in Indonesia today. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) announced their forthcoming repatriation at a press conference yesterday and the animals are now at the Sumatran Orang Utan Conservation Programme’s Quarantine Centre in Medan, North Sumatra.
Update: On 20th October 2015, Perhilitan announed the two Orang Utans would be returned to Medan, Indonesia, the following day.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27th July 2015—Malaysian authorities announced today the arrest of four men and the rescue of two juvenile Orang Utans offered for sale through a social media page used by a clandestine group to trade exotic wildlife online.
Bogor, Indonesia, 10th June 2015—TRAFFIC last week addressed a meeting of global wildlife sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres in Southeast Asia, underscoring the impact the region’s rising demand for exotic animals has on endangered species.
Jakarta, Indonesia, 17th June 2014–In the span of four days, authorities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport have intercepted two significant shipments of endangered Indonesian species, including a sedated young orangutan.
Paris, France, 12th November 2012—Members of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) last week finalized a long-term plan to protect great apes and their habitat.
The revised ‘ Global Strategy for the Survival of Great Apes and Their Habitat ’, and an associated Priority Plan 2013-2016 was adopted by delegates to the Second GRASP Council Meeting.
Bangkok, Thailand, 11th July 2012—Lorises appear to be the preferred target of wildlife traffickers, turning up in markets around the South-East Asian region and in seizures—including the dozen found in a traveller’s suitcase at Suvarnabhumi International Airport this morning.
Authorities at Thailand’s largest and busiest airport found the lorises stuffed in cloth bags inside the suitcase of a Kuwait bound traveller, who was also carrying 11 pythons and one marmoset in her luggage.