The Illegal Trade of Chimpanzees and Great Apes

The Illegal Trade of Chimpanzees and Great Apes

We are currently loosing approximately 3000 great apes from the wild per year. Along with bush meat consumption and the use of medicinal and cultural ceremonies, Chimpanzees in particular are being smuggled from the wild to parts of the Middle East as pets and status symbols. In order for one baby chimpanzee to be sent to the Middle East, their entire family will need to be killed for the trade to take place. This could be up to 10-15 adults slaughtered in order for the traders to get their hands on 1 baby chimp!