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Illegal ape trade nearly nine times bigger than thought

The illegal trade of live apes—animals including gorillas and orangutans—is much, much bigger than scientists thought, according to BBC. New data from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora found that about 1800 apes have been seized by authorities since 2005, far greater than the previous estimates of several hundred. This is because the old data counted only seizures made during international—but not domestic—shipping. West Africa, Indonesia, and Malaysia lead the list of seizures.

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