In recent news from the field: An illegal wildlife trader has been busted!
An illegal wildlife trader who has been selling protected species online was arrested on 1 August in East Aceh. The rescue team consisted of BKSDA Aceh, Aceh police, Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) and Orangutan Information Centre (OIC). The trader was found in possession of three infant orangutans, two eagles, a great argus and clouded leopard. This was the biggest raid and capture ever made in Aceh by a rescue team dedicated to ensuring the survival of endangered species in the Leuser ecosystem. Well done to all involved.
One can only imagine the horror that these innocent animals have endured.
TOP will provide $70,000 to COP in 2015-2016 to help fund rescues such as this.