Coronavirus: Wild@Life.e.V Foundation's Covid-19-plea to the public: Help us to rescue orphaned Chimpanzees from wildlife trafficking and trade and to care for them. The already rescued chimps are now in lockdown in Angola, Africa, but due to Covid-19 the organization Wild@Life has seen a dramatic drop in donations due to the pandemic crisis. Please help to continue this important rescue mission.
By WaL/deh - 18. April 2020
As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel corona virus outbreak is just the beginning of other mass pandemics.
Although the virus was thought to have originated from wet markets in Wuhan, China, it could have come from anywhere in the world, and we need to solve the root of the problem: Which is without a doubt also caused by the illegal wildlife trade and our mass destruction of nature and habitat worldwide.
Other highly contagious and deadly viruses that originated from animals are SARS, Bird Flu, Ebola and many more.
In January 1996, Ebola, a deadly virus then barely known to humans, unexpectedly spilled out of the forest in a wave of epidemics. The disease killed villagers in Africa who were reported to have been infected, including a number who had carried, skinned and had eaten a chimpanzee from the nearby forest.
Nearly 3,000 endangered chimpanzees are killed, eaten and stolen from the wild each year and this figure is rising. For every Chimpanzee that makes it to its final destination - usually trafficked and sold as a pet - many more have been killed; during hunts as many as 10 chimpanzees die for every one that is caught alive.
Wild@Life e.V.'s Founder Asli Han Gedik and the Foundations Senior Advisor, Carly G Åhlén called now on the public to help their chimpanzee conservation project in Angola to get through the the time of the pandemic and beyond.
Asli said, “If we don’t work toward preserving wildlife in the wild, like we do at Wild@Life, many more pandemics hurting humanity will unleash from such areas.” The wild chimpanzee populations and their forest habitat require full protection in the first place and then also the rescue of chimps makes sense, because releasing saved chimpanzees into intact forest habitat has been successful already in the past.
Chimpanzee Caita, rescued by Wild@Life.e.V’s team from a poacher's car. She was trapped by a snare in the forests and was being trafficked into the wildlife trade. Both poachers where apprehended and legal action was taken against them.
Wild@Life.e.V. Foundation's Senior Advisor, Carly G Åhlén, who is also the founder of the organzation Gabo Wildlife said:
“Each capture of a live infant like Caliando exacts a terrible cost on the chimpanzee population. The Chimpanzees are in high demand in the Gulf states, south-east Asia and China, with buyers prepared to pay large sums of money and even additional fees to facilitate the smuggling and bypass international controls. This is also how zoonosises are spread around the world and we need to implement higher penalties for those responsible.”