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Earth Matters: Turkey struggles with national epidemic: primate smuggling

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ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) -- Poachers have smuggled baby chimpanzees and monkeys from Africa for the international pet trade for years. Most countries have taken steps to prevent the illegal animals from crossing their borders, but there's one notable exception: Turkey.

Sansli and Kinali, new additions to the Bosphorous Zoo in Istanbul, symbolize Turkey's ongoing primate problems. Both were smuggled from Africa and put up for sale in Turkey on the black market.

"It's a nationwide problem. We're actually finding baby chimpanzees and monkeys all across Turkey," said Allison Cronin, the science director of Monkey World, a primate rescue center based in Britain.

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