Someone Found An Endangered Baby Monkey Chillin' In A Cardboard Box.
Every year millions of plants and animals are sold and traded illegally around the globe. TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring group, estimates this industry runs much like a drug network profits billions of dollars every year.
The World Wide Fund Nature (WWF) places this inhumane practice as the second-biggest direct threat to species after habitat destruction. The rarer the species the higher the demand, therefore, clients willing to pay a lot of money for the desired animal. Due to the nature of smuggling creatures from one country to another, the animals are often placed in dangerous conditions, with many dying in transit.
On February 10, 2017, government officials contacted the Lao Wildlife Rescue Centre. They had a large box that they needed picked up.
The rescue staff drove 700 kilometres roundtrip to pick up the cargo.
Laos Wildlife Rescue Center provides a safe habitat, wildlife hospitals, and food to the often abused creatures. The Center says many of the animals were "housed in horrible conditions for many years."
The rescue center is home to bears, exotic birds, crocodiles, deers, and various species of primates.
The shelter operates through donations from all over the world. They believe the "illegal wildlife trade is at its worst."
Nonetheless, volunteers are not giving up.
They continue their hard work of not only rescuing animals but want to have a direct impact in the country through education projects, assistance to law enforcement, as well as rescue and release programs.
The rescue center believes "showing to the local community that wildlife conservation and animal welfare do go hand-in-hand."
LWRC is located approximately 60 kilometres north from the capital city of Vientiane.
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