Saturday, January 04, 2003

AFRICAN SANCTUARY OFFERS HOME TO QATAR'S SMUGGLED CHIMPANZEES

Confiscated chimps to find new home in Zambia

DOHA: The Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia, which has already provided a safe home to three chimpanzees from Qatar, is keen to accept two more which were recently confiscated at Doha International Airport....

The seizure, made in September last year, was reported by The Peninsula quoting Ghanem Abdulla Mohammed, head of the Wildlife Protection and Management Department of SCENR. The chimpanzees have been kept at Doha Zoo, the official said....

It was reported that alert Customs officials had detected the two infant chimps tucked inside a container and foiled the attempt by a private collector to smuggle them into the country.

Having ratified the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), Qatar has embarked on a focused wildlife protection campaign....