The illegal and massive trade in chimpanzees is growing in China - a country that's being called a "major destination" for the chimps. Swiss wildlife photographer Karl Ammann, spoke to the Chinese news site Southern Weekend about the trade, and the Guardian translated the piece.
In Africa, Ammann said, chimps are eaten from the forest, while their babies are captured for training and export. China has quickly become the world's hotspot for both legal and illegal chimp trade. He says:
An official conference put the figure at around 135. There were also 15 orangutans, seven from the Philippines and eight from Indonesia. And 10 gorillas, sent to China from places such as the Ivory Coast. Those figures allow us to be sure that China is the major destination for illegally traded chimpanzees, with the others going to the Middle East and Russia. China is an emerging market, and is opening more and more wildlife parks. There's a huge demand for elephants and chimpanzees.
Ammann's investigation into the trade was filmed for a short documentary: