Our collaborators at EAGLE network are announcing some jobs opportunities in Africa.
Young adult Cecile enjoys time with the babies, including naps on platforms in the satellite cage.
Photo by Agnes Souchal - Selma and Anita (awake), Margot and Kanoa, with his foot draped on Cecile (all sleeping)
Do you like sunshine & being outdoors? Want to learn 1st-hand about African primates? Are you willing to wash fruit, try speaking basic French, use an outhouse, and have the experience of a lifetime? If so, we need you! Help with daily operations at Sanaga-Yong chimpanzee sanctuary in Cameroon (ebola free). Volunteers needed starting early 2015.
More info: http://www.ida-africa.org/volunteer_215.html
In Defense of Animals, Ape Action Africa and other NGO's enable law enforcement by providing a permanent home in a natural forest environment for confiscated orphans and by providing information and technical assistance to authorities and LAGA.
IDA-Africa assisted authorities with the confiscation of Yoko in 2005; today he's a beautiful older adolescent. Photo of baby Yoko courtesy of Marie-eve Lavigne.
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 gray mist envelopes us in silence as we watch light touch the forest floor. The ancient trees breathe peace. The calls of a pair of birds break the spell and all eyes gaze upward, the chimps somewhat fearful of the noise so close. We watch together as the birds dance in mid-air and fall away into the dense green canopy. For a few moments longer, the babies sit quietly, grooming one another, lost in dim memories of their mothers’ arms…"
photos/text courtesy of K. Bachelder