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Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans

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Publication Date: March 2013

This is the first report to analyze the scale and scope of the illegal trade of apes and highlights the growing links to sophisticated trans-boundary crime networks, which law enforcement networks are struggling to contain.

Stolen Apes, which was produced by UNEP through the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), estimates that a minimum of 22,218 great apes have been lost from the wild since 2005 - either sold, killed during the hunt, or dying in captivity - with chimpanzees comprising 64 per cent of that number.

The report examines confiscation records, international trade databases, law enforcement reports, and arrival rates from sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers between 2005 and 2011.

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1 July 2013

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