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Keywords:Africa, bushmeat, conservation, gorilla, illegal, monica szczupider, pet trade
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Original file size13.9 MB
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gorilla, bushmeat, conservation, illegal, "pet trade", Africa, "monica szczupider"

Baby Gorilla, Cameroon (2008)

This gorilla arrived to Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center very lethargic and malnourished. Her mother had been killed for bushmeat, and she was sold into the pet trade. Most gorillas are not as resilient as chimpanzees, and many die soon after losing their mothers. Unfortunately, this young baby also died just a few hours later.

It is important to note here that ape meat is usually not a food source for rural people of central Africa (it may have been at one time, but there simply aren't enough apes left today to be a staple any longer). On the contrary, chimps, bonobos, and gorillas are considered delicacies, out of reach for all but the wealthiest people. The practice of hunting, poaching, selling, buying, eating, or even keeping Africa great apes is punishable by law in Cameroon. Learn more about these rescued apes here.