UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees | Politics


The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees.

Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee.

During a visit to ZSL London Zoo, Penny Mordaunt pledged to contribute £2.1m to tackle the underlying causes of the illegal wildlife trade and protect critically endangered species.

“Nobody wants to see extraordinary species become extinct, or the communities living near their habitats struggle for jobs and livelihoods, which is why UK aid has a unique role to play in tackling the underlying causes driving these problems – namely poverty and rapid, unmanaged deforestation,”…

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