Protecting Great Apes & Primates from Disease & Trafficking

Through targeted interventions in critical habitats, support for law enforcement, public awareness campaigns and sanctuary care.

JGI works to protect chimpanzees and other primates by supporting sanctuaries, law enforcement efforts to reduce illegal trafficking and public education to protect endangered species in the wild. Without sanctuaries, law enforcement officers would be unable to confiscate chimpanzees from great ape traffickers or hunters as there would be no place to take them. Without education programs, community members would not realize that they should alert law enforcement agencies about poachers or that their activities were wrong. JGI is now seeing an increase in arrests and prosecutions as a result of greater application of the law, but it is imperative for this work to continue.

A demand for bushmeat encourages poachers to kill chimpanzee mothers is coupled with a demand for chimpanzee infants in the illegal exoitic pet and entertainment trade encourages poachers to seize the orphaned infants. Often, those who do not hunt for bushmeat still kill the mother to seize the infant.Due to the facts that humans and apes transfer many diseases to one another, and that the cruelty of the illegal market for trading apes, for every infant that survives its first year in its new human home or business, approximately eight other infants died in transit. To combat the illegal trafficking of great apes, JGI promotes the triangular effect, working with other nonprofits, law enforcement and sanctuaries where confiscated apes are sent in order to crack down on humankind’s’ crime against their closest living relatives.