The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Confiscation of Two Baby Chimpanzees

Monrovia — Two Baby Chimpanzees believed to be less than a year old have been confiscated by Wildlife Rangers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) assigned at the Schefflin Boys Town Check Point; the confiscation took place on Friday April 24, 2009.
A press release from the FDA quoted the Wildlife Officer of the Department of Conservation, Moses Beah as saying that the Chimps were seized from one, Mark Joe of Red light, Monrovia.

Joe’s wife who is said to be involved in the illegal trading of wildlife products, prohibited by law allegedly bought the Chimps from an illegal hunter in Sinoe County.
Section 9.12 (d) (i) of the National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 states,
The release warned that “No person shall possess any protected Animals, whether live or dead, or any part thereof, without a certificate of legal ownership issued by the Authority. The burden of proving lawful possession of any protected animal or any part thereof shall lie with the person in possession”.
This animal is one of the endangered and fully protected species of Liberia in keeping with the United Nations Convention on Intentional Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

In observance of this, Joe and his wife who up to present have not proven to be licensed to trade in wildlife products would have been handed over to the Police, However, Wildlife Officer Beah pointed out that due to the lack of awareness at this time Mark Joe was educated and allowed to go free and provided with two posters of protected animals in Liberia.
The two chimps presently are in possession of the Wildlife Division of the FDA pending their eventual release back into the wild."


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