Authorities investigating locals procuring monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted

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Authorities investigating locals procuring monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted

Authorities investigating locals procuring monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted
Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife administration intercepted a truck carrying monkeys from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to SA on Wednesday.
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A shipment of 29 primates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was intercepted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The illegal shipment was headed to SA.

Fixed with a press unlock from the DRC’s minister of ambiance and sustainable improvement, Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, three Congolese and a Zimbabwean national were arrested and are expected to appear in court docket quickly.

Bazibuhe stated border authorities in Mokambo on the DRC border stated the truck had paperwork for the exportation for 32 chimpanzees. Nonetheless, when the truck entered custom services in Chirundu, on the Zimbabwe border, it was found the consignment was no longer chimpanzees but 29 diversified species of monkeys.

Bazibuhe stated he regretted the incident.

Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife administration spokesperson Tinashe Farawo, talking on the nation’s 263Chat radio space, stated the organisation was working with the Convention on Global Alternate in Endangered Species (CITES) to repatriate the monkeys, but would continue to look at the circumstances.

Smaragda Louw from SA’s Ban Animal Procuring and selling stated authorities in SA were investigating the place the animals were destined to be delivered, and in the event that they were meant for a non-public individual.

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BY Alex Patrick

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