According to De Merode, the price of a newborn gorilla might range between $15,000 and $40,000. "No one knows for sure who the purchasers are," Cadd explained. The suspicion may be aimed towards zoos in Russia or India, or at affluent individuals who keep personal zoos with exotic animals. There have been reports of gorillas being sold into slavery.
Gorillas are an endangered species. There are only an estimated 700 to 800 living in the wild. Most live in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, and Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the trade, a mature female Gorilla is called a "mahout". She can sell for up to $10,000 while a young male Gorilla sells for about $5,000. A juvenile Asian Black Bear can sell for as much as $60,000. An African Elephant costs around $50,000 to $100,000 while a Leopold's Lion costs $125,000 on average.
Buying a gorilla is not a simple process. First, you need to find a dealer who has a baby gorilla for sale. Then, you need to pay a deposit and wait until the baby is old enough for transport to your country. Finally, there's an adoption process that includes a health checkup by a veterinarian and training programs for new owners.
The entire transaction might take several months from start to finish.
The most affordable three-day gorilla trip costs roughly $1,200 per person and includes one gorilla tracking permit, private transportation, an English-speaking guide, housing, and food. A three-day luxury gorilla safari may set you back more than $3,000 per person.
Prices vary depending on the number of people in your group and how far you want to travel from Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The farther you go, the better the views will be. Gorillas tend to stick closer to home when it's raining or cold outside. They also like to eat after rain or during dry seasons.
Gorilla tracking requires a good deal of physical effort, so be sure to drink plenty of water and wear comfortable clothes. You'll be spending a lot of time outdoors under hot sun and cold rain.
Also remember that there are no guarantees when it comes to seeing gorillas - they can be very shy animals. But if you do get to see one, it should feel free to come over and give you a hug!
If a gorilla discovered and adopted a human infant, the child might not have it so terrible, because gorilla moms are incredible. "Mother apes are quite attentive and may take really good care of a youngster," he added. Gorillas often live in groups of one silverback male, a few females, and their kids. The males can be up to 9 feet tall and weigh over 300 pounds. They're usually pretty cool with each other, but if the silverbacks don't get along, they'll fight to the death over territory or any other reason that comes up. Females are typically less than 5 feet tall and about 100 pounds; though some reach 7 feet off the ground! They tend to be more competitive with each other than the silverbacks are, but not always; sometimes they'll work together to protect their family.
Gorillas live in tropical forests in Africa or Asia. Though rarely seen by humans, they aren't rare animals; there are about 600,000 living in the wild. Unfortunately, this beautiful animal is also being killed for its skin, meat, and bones; which are used in traditional medicine or sold on the black market. You should know that though gorillas are strong enough to kill people, when threatened they will usually run away from not toward something they don't understand or something that scares them.
"The trader indicated that each chimp might be sold in the Indian market for anywhere between Rs 2 and 4 lakhs," Mondal added. Those in the know, however, believe that a pair of chimps may sell up to Rs 40–60 lakh, while a pair of marmosets might bring up to Rs 1.5 lakh.
Chimpanzees are an important part of many people's wealth here. They are used in ritual ceremonies and sometimes even as household pets. However, due to their large size and aggressive nature, most Indians can't afford to keep one as a pet.
In India, there are three types of chimpanzees: from the Tai Forest in China, from the Central African Republic, and from Indonesia. Each type is available for sale. Chimpanzees are very expensive in India because they are used in religious rituals where their bodies are painted with vermillion and then burnt after they have served their purpose.
Indians buy chimps in order to use their bones in medicine. The skull is considered valuable because it can be used to store rice or water. Joints from the thigh and leg are also bought by surgeons who need bone tissue for transplant surgeries.
People purchase chimps in India because they are viewed as a form of entertainment. Owners hire trainers to care for the animals so they will not attack or run away. Sometimes, two or more chimps are kept together in small spaces without any form of exercise or activity.
$55. Gorilla Adoption Kit includes an official adoption certificate measuring 5 x 7 inches. Full-color 5" x 7" snapshot of your species. Species focus card, brimming with valuable animal facts Priority delivery is free. Estimated delivery date is December 10, 2012.
$55 is the cost of each kit. The fee covers shipping within the United States. International rates apply.
The cost of adopting a gorilla from Save The Chimps - USA is $55 plus shipping and handling. There are no discounts or promotions that lower the cost of adoption.
Save The Chimps - USA receives about 50 phone calls and e-mails per day seeking information on how to adopt a gorilla. They can only help those who can pay for their care. While donations are welcome, they cannot purchase animals. If you have questions about adopting a gorilla or would like to make a donation, please contact Save The Chimps - USA through their website at www.savethechimps.org or by e-mail at [email protected]
Monkeys range in price from $4,000 to $8,000, depending on their age, rarity, and disposition. Younger, rarer, and nicer monkeys tend to be more expensive.