Last night the BBC exposed an illegal wildlife trafficker in Ivory Coast offering for sale a baby chimpanzee to one of their undercover investigators.

The second report by David Shukman is on tonight at 10.00pm. It makes hard watching but this is why we need to work even harder to stop this illegal trade.

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) runs two chimpanzee sanctuaries in Africa. Tchimpounga sanctuary www.janegoodall.co.uk/our-programmes/tchimpounga-chimpanzee-rehabilitation-centre , in the Republic of Congo and Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa www.chimpeden.com/ Tchimpounga is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa and cares for over 150 orphaned chimpanzees.

One of the ways you can help is by becoming a chimpanzee guardian www.janegoodall.co.uk/you-can-help/guardianship/levels This means that you “adopt” one of the orphan chimps at Tchimpounga. These youngsters have been taken from their mother’s and sold at local markets or kept as pets. The traumatised youngsters often arrive in a terrible state and need medical attention and most importantly love and security. Why not become a member of JGI UK and help us bring an end to chimpanzee smuggling www.janegoodall.co.uk/you-can-help/membership/levels

Thanks to the work of JGI the number of confiscated chimpanzees in Congo has dropped dramatically in the area around the sanctuary. This is mainly because JGI works with the local communities. For the last few years JGI has run a success billboard campaign which has made local people aware of what is happening and that it is against the law. This way they become our partners in Conservation.

We can change things and we can make a difference - we do not need to lose our closest relative the chimpanzee from the wild!

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots (R&S) is the education programme of JGI. It is active in more than 100 countries and is in 1,600 schools in the UK alone. R&S is also working in the Far East, Middle East with young people of all ages to learn about the problems facing wildlife and educate new generations to understand what is going on and how to become involved. In early January 2017 the UAE banned the keeping of wild animals as pets. This was partly due to pressure from Roots & Shoots groups and other animal charities. For more information about Roots & Shoots please visit www.rootsnshoots.org.uk

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