Guinea arrests ex-wildlife director for alleged trafficking of chimps, endangered wildlife

An alliance to save great apes says authorities have arrested Guinea's former wildlife director for allegedly playing a key role in trafficking chimpanzees and other endangered wildlife.

The Great Apes Survival Partnership said Tuesday that Ansoumane Doumbouya, who was also Guinea's representative to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, was arrested Aug. 21.

It says Doumbouya faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Doumbouya, who was carrying blank official export permits when arrested, allegedly issued fraudulent CITES permits for years to export wildlife, including manatees, parrots and monkeys. It is not clear how many chimpanzees and other apes were victims of Doumbouya's operations since 2008.

The partnership is a U.N. initiative bringing together governments, conservation and research organizations and private companies