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Like many primates in Cameroon, Pikin had been captured by poachers for her meat. Fortunately, she was heroically rescued by Ape Action Africa, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of great apes. While at Ape Action Africa's sanctuary, she met and fell in love with rescuer Appolinaire Ndohoudou. As a refugee from Chad, Ndohoudou was able to make special connections with primates like Pikin, who had also narrowly escaped danger. “When Pikin arrived I saw that she was very clever,” Ndohoudou explains. “She really loved me and I loved her.”
When Ape Action Africa needed to transport many of its rescues to a new, larger enclosure, Pikin was paired with Ndohoudou for the journey. While she had been sedated, she unexpectedly woke up while in transit. McArthur, who was also in the car, recalls her alarm at the situation. “I sat in the front passenger seat, excitedly taking photos of this incredibly unique situation, when to my horror, Pikin awoke from the sedation. I think it goes without saying that one should never get in a car with an alert gorilla.”
To everyone's surprise, the young gorilla remained at ease. “Though at first Pikin seemed a bit startled by her situation—a first experience awake in a moving vehicle, the noise and the bumpy road—she was drowsy and felt safe in the arms of her friend and caretaker, Appolinaire.
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They also kill thousands of dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and other “bycatch” animals. Coastal fish farms release feces, antibiotics, parasites, and non-native fish into sensitive marine ecosystems. In addition, since most farmed fish are carnivorous, they are fed massive quantities of wild-caught fish. It takes up to 3 pounds of fish meal to produce every pound of farmed salmon.
Ocean ecosystems are under crippling stress from acidification, ocean deadzones, and overfishing.
With our growing population and growing demand for seafood, there is a lot of money to be made from destroying our oceans.
We have shifted from a fisherman on his boat with a net to now using multi-million dollar shipping vessels that use military and sonar technology to pinpoint the precise location of fish in our oceans.
Demand is not just for humans, pigs on land now eat more fish than sharks, and domesticated cats eat more fish than seals.
As a result our food system is completely out of balance with the laws of ecology, as we extract resources at a rate far faster than the resources are capable of replenishing.
The world is currently experiencing the sixth mass extinction event in its history, involving the highest rate of species die-off since the loss of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
Since 1970, there has been a 58% overall decline in the numbers of fish, mammals, birds, and reptiles worldwide.
Species are becoming extinct as much as 1,000 times more frequently now than in the 60 Million years before people came along. While the other five extinction events were caused by natural disasters, this one is on us.