Angolan authorities transferred a baby chimpanzee, injured by poachers, for medical treatment at the National Shrine of Tchimpounga, in the Republic of Congo.
According to a press release from the Ministry of the Environment, quoted this Wednesday by the Angolan news agency, Angop, the baby chimpanzee, aged one and a half, has a bullet in the body and was hit with a machete in the right eye.
The note states that, in addition to rescuing young chimpanzees, gorillas and gray parrots, victims of poaching, Angolan authorities are sensitizing communities to environmental crimes and appealing to citizens who raise these species at home. their voluntary surrender, and nine chimpanzees were returned.
Angola has already delivered seven chimpanzees to the Tchimpounga National Sanctuary, three of which in August last year.
Tchimpounga is the largest sanctuary in Africa, with an extension of 26 hectares and was created in 1992 in the Congolese city of Ponta Negra.
A partnership between the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas of Angola and the Jane Goodall Institute foresees that the Portuguese-speaking country will transfer these endangered animals to the Congolese sanctuary, due to poaching, until it formalizes its own sanctuary.
In 2018, the Ministry of the Environment, within the scope of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), made a diagnosis of poaching in the Maiombe National Park, aiming to protect species threatened by this phenomenon and to identify those that are in the process of entering the markets of illegal traffic, namely the African gray parrot, the leopard, the white-bellied pangolin and the giant pangolin.