Cameroon seeks help to repatriate gorillas from Malaysia

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has appealed to the international community to help repatriate four gorillas illegally exported to Malaysia by tourists from the central African country, Environment Ministry sources said in Yaounde Wednesday.
An official who spoke on condition of anonymity said last year, officials at Cameroon's botanical garden in Limbe reported that four gorillas illegally exported from the country's forest via Nigeria, were found at the Taipon zoological garden in Malaysia.
"After DNA tests, it was discovered that the gorillas are from Cameroon, but the Malaysian party wishes to repatriate the animals to South Africa," the official added.
He said the Cameroonian government's move is in line with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which the country is signatory to.

28 january 2004 19:52:00

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