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Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans

04 Mar 2013

Great apes have become a commodity. In the past decade, a series of alarming reports from international experts, United Nations (UN) agencies, conservation organizations and media outlets have revealed numerous cases of organized illegal trafficking and trade of gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. Environmental crime now ranks among the most significant illegal activities in the world, and the live trafficking of great apes is part of this global multi-billion dollar trade.


This report focuses on the trade of great apes – bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans. The trafficking of these animals adds additional and unwelcome pressures on the already endangered species, which in many of their range States, at- tract tourism and thus contribute to the local economy.

Status: Completed

Type: Rapid Response Assessment

Year of publication: 2013

Tags: great apes bonobo chimpanzee gorilla report orangutan environmental crime biodiversity Africa

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