Authorities investigating locals buying for monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted
A shipment of 29 primates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) became intercepted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The illegal shipment became headed to SA.
In response to an announcement from the DRC’s minister of atmosphere and sustainable pattern, Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, three Congolese and a Zimbabwean nationwide were arrested and are anticipated to appear in court docket soon.
Bazibuhe acknowledged border authorities in Mokambo on the DRC border acknowledged the truck had documents for the exportation for 32 chimpanzees. Alternatively, when the truck entered custom products and services in Chirundu, on the Zimbabwe border, it became realized the consignment became not chimpanzees however 29 totally different species of monkeys.
Bazibuhe acknowledged he regretted the incident.
Zimbabwe’s parks and flowers and fauna administration spokesperson Tinashe Farawo, talking on the nation’s 263Chat radio station, acknowledged the organisation became working with the Convention on Global Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to repatriate the monkeys, however would continue to evaluate the circumstances.
Smaragda Louw from SA’s Ban Animal Trading acknowledged authorities in SA had been investigating where the animals had been destined to be delivered, and if they had been meant for a non-public particular particular person.
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BY Alex Patrick