The profitability of palm oil has fuelled a global agro-industrial surge that has devastated vast areas of orangutan habitat in Asia. It now threatens great ape forests in Africa. Asha Tanna speaks to some of the world's experts in conservation on whether there is a sustainable way to meet popular demand of this crop.
Today, Dan Mathews, PETA spoke with the Summit News Bureau about the use of primates in Hollywood. Mathews addressed the chimpanzee featured in Paramount Pictures' The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
An estimated 3,000 great apes are lost from the wild to the global illicit live trade each year, and many wind up smuggled, shipped, and sold. Naftali Honig runs the wildlife enforcement project PALF in Congo, together with other activists they have set up a new organisation - Eagle Network which spans 6 African countries. We caught up with him to ask him what can be done to fight trafficking.
Great Apes Summit - A news report on deadly disease in apes and people.
Genetic similarities between great apes and humans leaves both susceptible to the same deadly disease. It's a dilemma exacerbated by human encroachment, bushmeat hunting and illegal trade. We spoke to Dr Gladys Kalema Zikusoka and Dr Dominic Travis about how we can protect both populations.