17 november 2010
Research and poaching
MPC has recently conducted field research on the illegal trade in wildlife in the north of Morocco, a region that has never been surveyed before. We found some very interesting data, but most important is that the trade in macaques is much smaller than in the Middle Atlas. More news to follow. This survey was funded by Apenheul (Apenheul Primate Conservation Trust).
Poaching season started!!
MPC's informant contacted us last week telling us that the poaching has started in the cedar forest since 2 weeks and that at least 8 infants have already been captured. This is very disturbing news. We have contacted the local authorities and have asked them to take action against these poachers as soon as possible.
The reason why the poaching takes place now is that the infants are the right age now to capture and sell, and also because it's rammadan which means that there is less control in the national park.