Nwa (Donga and Mantung Division)- The Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife for the North-West Region is reported to have arrested three traffickers in Kurt village in Nwa, Donga Mantung Division of the North-West Region for killing three chimpanzees. The operations that led to the arrest of the chimpanzee traffickers were carried out with the strong support of the Donga Mantung Divisional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife and the Ntem Gendarmerie Post.
Not long ago, a wildlife trafficker with a long history of killing elephants in and around the Dja Reserve area was arrested in Somalomo, Messamena in the Upper Nyong Division of the East Region. The poacher claimed that the gun he used to gun down these elephants was given to him by a Gendarme from the Messamena Gendarmerie Brigade. The National Gendarmerie authorities are investigating the matter. The three chimpanzee traffickers are presently under detention. The Last Great Ape Organisation (LAGA) is assisting the judicial services in Donga Mantung in the close follow-up of the case in court to avoid any form of corruption in the process.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) sources hold that biodiversity conservation in Africa in the 1990s faced unprecedented challenges, salient amongst- which was the extinction of wildlife species frequently highlighted in national and international media. "The fate of chimpanzees as flagship species going for extinct captures the imagination of million of people". The fight against illegal killing endangered wildlife species especially chimpanzees for illegal trade is becoming a fact of everyday encounter with Cameroon's wildlife management authorities.
The IUCN has warned that the protection iof National Parks alone does not safeguard the survival of our wildlife heritage. This is true with the Korup National Park in the South-West Region of Cameroon where wildlife management authorities of the Region recently arrest and imprisoned for 5 years a wildlife trafficker for killing 7 elephants for illegal ivory trade within the national Park.