Chinese Mine is driving guinea chimpanzees to extinction



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Chinese Mine is driving guinea chimpanzees to extinction

A gigantic iron mine in Guinea threatens to permanently extinguish the chimpanzee, already at risk of extinction, being on the IUCN red list. Building the necessary infrastructure would cost many animal lives and the destruction of a habitat that is now small and essential for the small number of chimps left.

The unexploited iron mine, the largest in the world, is located in the Simandou mountains, and is now owned by China, despite being in Guinea. The deposits contain more than 8.6 billion tons of iron ore with an average mineral content of 65%.

According to the IUCN, in 2016 the population of western chimpanzees decreased by 80% from 1990 to 2014. It is therefore one step away from extinction in the wild. The entire area of ​​Guinea is home to nearly two-thirds of the remaining 52,800 western chimpanzees estimated to be in the wild,.

According to a Reuters analysis of satellite images provided by Planet Labs, extensive tunnel work has been underway for several months. An image from June 28 shows two main construction areas at either end of the tunnel, connected by a new access road through the mountains.

To carry out the construction of the infrastructure, the Chinese must blow up a railway tunnel in what is the habitat for a species of chimpanzee in danger of extinction. Unbelievable but true: it would seem that the permissions would be given.

Switzerland: authorities save snakes protected from illegal trade

In Geneva, Switzerland, border authorities with France rescued protected snakes from illegal trade. According to local media, the exchange would have included 4 boa constrictors and a python.

The exchange was supposed to take place between a 23-year-old Egyptian living in Switzerland and a 21-year-old Frenchman. The two were spotted by a mobile patrol while trafficking in front of their cars at a customs post in Chancy.

The French was in possession of a Boa constrictor imperator and a Solomon Islands boa, both species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. In the Egyptian's trunk there were two Boa constrictors imperator, two Boa constrictors Crawl Cay and a royal python, always protected. The snakes are now in the custody of a veterinary office.