Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Two baby orphan Grauer’s gorillas confiscated in DRC

Baby Gorilla Trafficking Escalates in Civil War-Affected Eastern Congo 
September 2012. The Congolese Wildlife Authorities (ICCN) are increasingly concerned about the survival of Grauer's gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the rescue of two poached infant gorillas in separate incidents in September. Civil war and illegal resource extraction by armed militias in the areas where Grauer's gorillas live has made it extremely difficult for ICCN and other conservation groups to monitor and protect this endangered species. 

Civil war
Emmanuel de Merode, the Director for Virunga National Park said, "Civil War represents a breakdown in the rule of law, and this appears to have provoked a surge in the illegal trade in endangered species across Congo's eastern forests. Baby gorilla trafficking is terribly damaging for endangered gorilla populations because many members of the gorilla's family will probably have been killed to obtain the infant." 


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