Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Arrests in Zambia - Thanks to ZPP

For the very first time since ZPP was set up in 2002, and after confiscating over 500 primates held illegally in Zambia since that time, this week we witnessed the arrest and prosecution of a man keeping a primate illegally. It may well be the first ever successful prosecution in Zambia for illegal primate ownership. 

Acting on intelligence received from one of our informers, ZPP confiscated a 6-8 month old male vervet monkey last month in a compound in the Mpumbu area of the Copperbelt (a notorious hotspot area for people illegally trafficking primates). This young monkey was being kept on the end of a short rope tied tightly around its waist to a tree. He was in poor condition and had no access to water. The DNPW officers from Kalalushi Command escorting ZPP on this confiscation made the arrest when the 'owner' could not produce official papers of ownership of the primate, David Kasongo appeared in the Magistrate's court in Kalalushi. He was found guilty of illegally possessing a wild animal, and received a 6 month suspended prison sentence. 

This will send out a strong message to all those illegally trading and keeping primates in Zambia.

This rescued primate, whom we have named Jonathon, will now be rehabilitated back to good health and released back to the wild as part of ZPP's annual release programme in Kafue National Park. ZPP would like to thank the Department of National Parks & Wildlife Kalalushi officers for a job well done. Looks like the tide may well be turning and the government are going to have zero tolerance to wildlife crime in any shape or form. Fingers crossed.

Whilst hot on the heels of the confiscation of male vervet Jonathon – acting on intelligence received ZPP rescued a second vervet - this time a young 8-9 month old female monkey from a compound in Kitwe. The rope that tied this young monkey to a tree was so tight that food could not easily pass through her intestines. She would have died within a few weeks if she had not been rescued at this time. The 'owner' has been summoned to the police station when he returns from a trip away, and we are hopeful of another prosecution soon. Susan will now be treated and cared for before being returned back to the wild with our next vervet release troop! 

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