A young chimpanzee was rescued from his horrific trafficking ordeal after he had to watch poachers kill his entire family in front of his eyes.
The young chimp, named Caliado, was held captive in a small dirty container after seeing poachers murder his family who were abducted from the wild.
He was rescued but his saviours discovered lesions around the chimp’s limbs where tight rope had rubbed through his skin.
Rescuers claim the chimp had recently been moved from one location to another by traffickers, was but tracked down by the organisation just in time.
The chimp, who’s health was deteriorating rapidly, received treatment for his injuries and was brought to safety at the organisation’s basecamp.
Chimps are an endangered species with only around 200,000 left in the wild.
Their numbers are projected to decline by 80% in the next 30 to 40 years, notably due to habitat loss, diseases and poaching, according to the Jane Goodall Institute.
Chimpanzees, which can sell for up to £10,000 on the black market, are particularly in high demand.
Poachers tend to shoot an entire family, to capture the youngest member and sell the rest as bushmeat.
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While wildlife organisations are doing everything they can to bring illegal trafficking to a halt, they point to the blurred lines of the legal "regulated" trade and the laid-back approach of Governments as contributing factors in the dwindling numbers.
The Independent recently revealed chimpanzees are being illegally shipped out of Africa to foreign zoos under the guise of the legal wildlife trade.
Cities, the global wildlife trade regulator, which was developed to ensure that trade in a listed species did not threaten its survival, fails to address the public and animal health aspects of wildlife trade, according to the Independent.
However while trade in Cities listed species is valued at about £15.5billion annual, it balloons to around £156bn when taking into account all illegally traded species.
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