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Thursday
Apr 16 2009

Illegal trade devastates Sumatran orang-utan population

A Sumatran orang-utan confiscated in Aceh stares through the bars of its cage Click photo to enlarge © Chris R. Shepherd/TRAFFIC Southeast Asia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia– Lack of law enforcement against illegal trade in Indonesia threatens the survival of orang-utans and gibbons on Sumatra, a new study by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC shows.

Despite considerable investment in wildlife conservation, numbers of the critically endangered orang-utans captured mainly for the pet trade exceeded the levels of the 1970s. A lack of adequate law enforcement is to blame, TRAFFIC says.

Records of orang-utans and gibbons put into rehabilitation centers serves as an indicator of how many of these animals were illegally held. Meanwhile numbers continue to decline in the wild, with the most recent estimate of just 7,300 Sumatran Orangutans surviving.

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Thursday
May 01 2008

Monkey business threatens macaques

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Immediate action is required to stop the poaching of Barbary Macaques in North Africa for the illegal pet trade to Europe  Click photo to enlarge ©Michel Gunther / WWF-Canon
Cambridge, UK, 1 May 2008—The Barbary Macaque Macaca sylvanus is declining because of habitat loss and demand for the illegal pet trade, according to a paper published in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin , the only scientific journal to focus on wildlife trade issues.

The illegal macaque trade became apparent in the late 1990s, after zoological parks and sanctuaries in Europe noticed a significant increase in numbers of Barbary Macaques offered to zoos by ex-owners or seized by law enforcement authorities, mainly in France, Belgium, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. The trade in Barbary Macaques is illegal in Morocco without a permit, although the laws are poorly enforced. The EU has suspended imports of wild macaques since 2000.

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Tuesday
Jan 22 2008

Lack of meat for refugees causing large scale poaching

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Tanzanians near Lugufu refugee camp preparing for a hunting excursion © Simon Milledge / TRAFFIC click photo to enlarge.

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Cambridge, UK , Gland, Switzerland- The lack of meat in refugee rations in East Africa is causing a flourishing illegal trade in wild meat, threatening wildlife populations and creating a food security issue for rural communities, reveals a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
The report “ ‘Night Time Spinach’: Conservation and livelihood implications of wild meat use in refugee situations in north western Tanzania ,” uses case studies from Kagera and Kigoma in Tanzania, host to one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world, and the largest in Africa.

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Friday
Oct 26 2007

New treaty to boost protection of gorillas—TRAFFIC, WWF

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A new legally binding agreement will boost protection for wild gorillas © WWF-Canon / Roger HOOPER Click to enlarge.  
Gland, Switzerland, 26 October 2007—The new agreement endorsed today in Paris, France, by nine African countries to better protect gorillas, is a major conservation achievement, said WWF, the conservation organization, and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.

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