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Friday, April 16, 2004


Taiping 4 gone Home

The Taiping 4, remember, those 4 baby gorillas illegally obtained by Taiping Zoo have quietly left Taiping. The [MCA]Star reported that ::
The four young gorillas illegally sourced from Nigeria have been safely sent from the Taiping Zoo to Pretoria, South Africa, in a hush-hush move aimed at dodging the media.

It is learnt that the animals, accompanied by Taiping Municipal Council president, Datuk Jamalludin Al Amini Ahmad, their keeper, K. Mani, and a veterinarian, departed on Tuesday.

The reason for the transfer being on a hush-hush basis is because of the controversy surrounding the illegal purchase of the 4 babies which contravened Cites convention. The transaction was exposed by the International Primate Protection League when it disclosed that the Nigerian facility did not have a breeding programme as stated in the export permit, thus casting doubts on the legality of the shipment. So the 4 babies were kept in cold storage till they could be returned. Conservationists including Jane Goodall have clamoured for them to be sent to Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon.
The previous MINIster-in-charge has also left cabinet service, he had wanted to send the babies to Pretoria Zoo and hope that eventually the offsprings of these babies will be given to Malaysia. Will this happen in the future, just wait and see.
In an attempt to be one of the few Zoos to have gorillas, some USD1.6 million were said to have been paid for these baby gorillas, what a waste of taxpayers' money. Till date there has been no news of anyone being charged for this illegal trade. The former MINIster Law had promised that action would be taken, but then he has gone, now the gorillas are gone but the guilty one(s) are still free. Remember this is Boleh Land.


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