Oxford, UK, 21st February 2011—The trade in live primates worldwide involves tens of thousands of individuals per year, with a linear increase in export numbers over the last 15 years, while the trade in dead primates involves an estimated in excess of a million animals a year according to a new study published in Endangered Species Research .
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Jakarta, Indonesia, 18th February 2011—A string of seizures at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport this January has turned up an array of illegally acquired wildlife including a pair of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Bali Myna.
Cambridge, UK, 11 August—Hunting appears to have been significantly underestimated as a key reason for the historical decline of Orangutans, according to a new study published today.
Mexico, 20 July 2010—Enforcement officers in Mexico have arrested a man attempting to smuggle 18 monkeys from Peru into the country.
The animals were wrapped inside socks that had been concealed inside his luggage, although the suspect told officers he had later hidden them in a girdle around his waist to protect the animals from X-rays.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 7 December—A study focussing on the trade in gibbons, recently published in the journal Endangered Species Research
, highlights the ongoing illegal trade in these threatened species in western Indonesia.
The research, conducted by investigators based in England and Malaysia, collected data from 22 zoos and nine wildlife rescue centres and found some 600 gibbons present in these facilities. The most common species kept as pets was the Siamang, from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with close to 200 individuals observed. Only six Kloss’ Gibbons from the Mentawai Islands were observed.
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 21 October 2009—After months of planning, at 5 am on 16 October, a team of law enforcement officers, including the anti-poaching brigade of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (MINFOF), staff from the Direction Générale à la Recherche Extérieure (DGRE) and others, swooped on markets throughout Yaoundé to seize bushmeat illegally on sale.
Code-named “Coup de poing”, (“Operation Punch”), the team confiscated 45 live animals, 228 carcasses plus 42 assorted animal parts following raids at Nkolndongo and Nkolndongo Texaco markets and the railway station.
Kinshasa, 8 October 2009—Some 50 participants from across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) met in Kinshasa this September to formulate a national action plan to address the issue of trade in wild meat, popularly termed “bushmeat”.
The workshop, organized by ICCN (the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature) under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism) in collaboration with TRAFFIC Central Africa, brought together participants from national authorities, civil society representatives, other elected bodies and print and broadcast media.
Yaoundé, Cameroon, 7 May 2009—Enforcement authorities in southeast Cameroon last week seized more than 1,000 kg of illegal bush meat and guns, and arrested 15 wildlife poachers in an unprecedented operation.
A combined unit of soldiers, police and game rangers uncovered more than a tonne of bushmeat, including the remains of protected species: gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants. They also confiscated more than 30 guns from suspected poachers, including high calibre rifles and illegally owned weapons.
“The illicit bushmeat trade is often the most serious long-term threat to great ape populations,” commented Germain Ngandjui, Senior Programme Officer for TRAFFIC in Central Africa.
“The Cameroonian authorities are to be congratulated on these anti-poaching efforts, which will help protect the nation’s severely threatened wildlife.”