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Animal trade harvests 3,000 apes

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The illicit trade in great apes is robbing an estimated 3,000 primates from the wild each year, according to a United Nations report published Monday for the Bangkok Cites conference. 

Stolen Apes, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), estimates that at least 22,218 great apes have disappeared since 2005, with chimpanzees comprising 64 per cent of that number.

Most of the animals are destined for rich collectors, the tourist industry and dubious zoos.

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