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Main international routes for the illegal trafficking of great apes

Main international routes for the illegal trafficking of great apes

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Uploaded 11 Mar 2013 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2013 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
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In principle, wildlife smuggling is done in the following ways: • Transport over land by foot, horse, donkey, motorbike and other vehicles; • Transport by river by boats; • Transport by sea by vessels; • Transport by air from fields or airstrips, including helicopters, small fixed-wing bush planes and larger transport airplanes; and • Transport by individuals in luggage or through diplomatic posts. In some instances, wildlife products are smuggled using combinations of these options. Organized traffickers seeking high profits minimize the number of cargo transfers along the smuggling route, as each handling increases the ape’s stress levels. A fixed feeding setup also helps to minimize stress and reduces the risk of exposure to disease. Most important, traffickers aim to minimize the time that the ape spends in transit. This is not so much due to risk of compromise, as would be the case with other forms of smuggling, as it is to ensure the survival of the smuggled ...
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  • Great apes population estimates
  • Orangutan range and population estimates
  • Great apes range in Africa
  • Great ape illegal trafficking “tariffs”