Authorities investigating locals shopping monkeys from the DRC after unlawful cargo intercepted
A cargo of 29 primates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) develop into as soon as intercepted in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. The unlawful cargo develop into as soon as headed to SA.
In step with a press originate from the DRC’s minister of surroundings and sustainable fashion, Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe, three Congolese and a Zimbabwean national were arrested and are expected to seem in court soon.
Bazibuhe said border authorities in Mokambo on the DRC border said the truck had documents for the exportation for 32 chimpanzees. On the other hand, when the truck entered customized services in Chirundu, on the Zimbabwe border, it develop into as soon as stumbled on the consignment develop into as soon as now now not chimpanzees but 29 loads of species of monkeys.
Bazibuhe said he regretted the incident.
Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife administration spokesperson Tinashe Farawo, talking on the country’s 263Chat radio location, said the organisation develop into as soon as working with the Convention on World Commerce in Endangered Species (CITES) to repatriate the monkeys, but would continue to investigate the circumstances.
Smaragda Louw from SA’s Ban Animal Trading said authorities in SA were investigating the set the animals were destined to be delivered, and if they were intended for a internal most person.
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BY Alex Patrick