Authorities investigating locals shopping for monkeys from the DRC after unlawful shipment intercepted
A shipment of 29 primates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was intercepted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The unlawful shipment was headed to SA.
Per a press open from the DRC’s minister of atmosphere and sustainable pattern, Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, three Congolese and a Zimbabwean national maintain been arrested and are expected to seem in court soon.
Bazibuhe said border authorities in Mokambo on the DRC border said the truck had paperwork for the exportation for 32 chimpanzees. Nonetheless, when the truck entered custom companies and products in Chirundu, on the Zimbabwe border, it was chanced on the consignment was now not chimpanzees however 29 utterly different species of monkeys.
Bazibuhe said he regretted the incident.
Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife management spokesperson Tinashe Farawo, talking on the nation’s 263Chat radio discipline, said the organisation was working with the Convention on World Alternate in Endangered Species (CITES) to repatriate the monkeys, however would continue to analyze the cases.
Smaragda Louw from SA’s Ban Animal Buying and selling said authorities in SA maintain been investigating the attach the animals maintain been destined to be delivered, and if they maintain been supposed for a deepest person.
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BY Alex Patrick