A baby chimp looked at the remaining of the massacre of his slaughtered family - 7 chimp heads and 30 legs and hands as the two traffickers specialized in this illegal trade were handcuffed and interrogated for their cross-border activities with Nigeria. The two were arrested in a sting of operation following an undercover investigation by wildlife and police officials working in collaboration with LAGA, they are behind bars on trial now facing a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. The traffickers were found with large quantity of giant pangolin scales, a demand for which exists exclusively in China, indicating the international dimension of their illegal activity .
This case is just one of many, in a series of arrest operations focused on the illegal trade in great apes exposing magnitude and sophistication that remained, till recently, unknown.
Under the framework LAGA operations in the past 4 months alone: 22 ape traffickers were arrested , with a total of over 34 chimp skulls and fresh heads; 34 fresh chimp limbs; 24 gorilla skulls and fresh heads and 16 fresh gorilla limbs have been seized. This is the very first time such huge consignment of these ape parts is being seized anywhere in the world.
All ape traffickers are jailed, in addition to many other ivory and elephant parts traffickers arrested this year.
The EAGLE Network, grouping all the LAGA replications, is moving to the next step intended to increase the level and number of jailed traffickers, that already exceeded 1,000.
The baby is safe at please help them