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Subcategory:Apes and Primates
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Keywords:africa, animal, apes, chimpanzee, conservation, monica szczupider, poaching, primate, rescue, wildlife trade
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Daniel, Cameroon (2008)

Daniel, Cameroon (2008)

Daniel arrived lonely and malnourished to Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, located deep in the bush in eastern Cameroon. Like many chimpanzees who are kept as pets, Daniel's mom (and probably members of his extended family, as well) was likely killed to be sold as bushmeat. Too small to yield any viable meat himself, Daniel was instead sold as a pet. Rescued in 2009, today he thrives in a family of rescued chimpanzees.

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 chimpanzees here.