Authorities investigating locals shopping for monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted

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Authorities investigating locals shopping for monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted

Authorities investigating locals shopping for monkeys from the DRC after illegal shipment intercepted
Zimbabwe’s parks and natural world management 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) became once intercepted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The illegal shipment became once headed to SA.

Essentially based totally totally on an announcement from the DRC’s minister of ambiance and sustainable vogue, Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, three Congolese and a Zimbabwean national had been arrested and are expected to look 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. Nonetheless, when the truck entered custom companies in Chirundu, on the Zimbabwe border, it became once chanced on the consignment became once no longer chimpanzees but 29 diverse species of monkeys.

Bazibuhe acknowledged he regretted the incident.

Zimbabwe’s parks and natural world management spokesperson Tinashe Farawo, talking on the country’s 263Chat radio converse, acknowledged the organisation became once working with the Conference on International Exchange in Endangered Species (CITES) to repatriate the monkeys, but would proceed to look at the circumstances.

Smaragda Louw from SA’s Ban Animal Procuring and selling acknowledged authorities in SA had been investigating the set aside the animals had been destined to be delivered, and if they had been supposed for a non-public particular person.

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BY Alex Patrick

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