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[AUDIO] China’s role in Africa’s illegal wildlife trade

[AUDIO] China’s role in Africa’s illegal wildlife trade

China’s seemingly insatiable demand for African wildlife is pushing dozens, and possibly hundreds of species towards extinction. While elephant and rhino poaching receive most of the attention, chimpanzees, gorillas and pangolins are among the many other animals that are brutally captured and killed in stunningly high numbers as part of the booming trade in illegal African wildlife. Karl Ammann has spent the past 40 years in Kenya and the Congo basin documenting this bloody trade. Ammann joins us to discuss the effects of surging Chinese demand for Africa’s animals.

About Karl Ammann (source: Wikipedia)

armannAmmann started his career in Africa as a photographer in the early 1980s, photographing cheetahs, but later turned to work on great apes. In 1988, he became witness to the bushmeat trade, and has since worked hard to bring the trade and its effect (particularly on great apes) to the attention of the conservation community and the world. Using his photography skills, he has taken pictures of the victims of the bushmeat trade that to many where shocking and revolting, and he has been accused of exaggerating the problems. With the publishing of the books Eating Apes (with Dale Peterson) and Consuming Nature, the problem has come to the attention of the world.

In his years working in Congo, Ammann has funded and supported research of another population of extremely large bodied Eastern chimpanzee now known as the Bili Ape. Though it has been studied by prominent researchers, much remains to be discovered about its distribution and behavior. Because it is currently hunted as part of the DRC’s bushmeat trade it is vital to continue research in this area before this population is eliminated.

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About Eric Olander

Eric Olander is the founder and Editor in Chief of The China Africa Project. Eric is a veteran international journalist with 20+ years experience throughout Greater China, Africa, the United States and Europe. Eric is currently based in Southeast Asia where he is the senior news executive with a leading 24-hour all business news cable TV network.

2 comments

  1. I feel sick to the core to see these majestic wonderful elephants lying dead with holes on their heads for where their tusks are hacked from just to satisfy China’s cold hearted indescribable evil and love of ivory without a shred of a conscience for living beings who are so brutally killed for this cursed white bone!