Professor Jo Setchell, from Durham Anthropology features in episode two of the series 'Not a Pet: Primates'. The series, produced by WaterBear, looks at the illegal wildlife pet trade, and the role social media plays in the parading and trading of exotic animals online.
Even today, primates are under threat from the illegal pet trade. Often stolen from the wild as babies, with their family groups killed, these animals are trafficked around the world for sale in Asia and The Middle East.
This short film tells the story of some of the orangutans and chimpanzees that have been rescued from the illegal pet trade. It describes the damage this causes both the wild populations and the cruel treatment of the orphaned animals involved. The film looks at the role social media has to play in the fate of these animals, and what can be done to help.
As part of her research, Professor Setchell collaborates with environmental anthropologists to address questions concerning human/wildlife interactions and biodiversity conservation.
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Read Prof. Jo Setchell's profile