By John Smith • 03 June 2020 • 16:15
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IN May, the Rainfer Primate Rescue Centre in Madrid was broken into and two female primates of the order Cercopithecus Petaurista (Spot-nosed monkey) with an estimated black-market value of €20,000 were stolen by a criminal climbing over a fence and breaking into a building.
A few days later, they were discovered at an abandoned bus stop located on the Torrelaguna road and were returned to the rescue centre.
Seprona, the wildlife arm of the Guardia Civil managed to identify a Romanian and investigated two other Romanians (male and female) eventually charging all three with species trafficking, receiving and possible animal abuse.
The monkeys which are native to Africa and are considered protected under the international CITES agreement are now recovering from their ordeal.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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