In Cameroon, the illegal animal trade is widespread. This includes the bushmeat trade, the sale of animal parts for black magic, and the pet trade. Historically, wild animals were an important resource, particularly in small communities that depended on forest animals for protein. However, commercialisation in addition to population growth has created an unsustainable increase in demand.
Unfortunately the level of hunting for bushmeat is difficult to track. However, it was reported that some 150,000 primate carcasses from 16 species were traded annually as bushmeat in urban and rural markets at 89 sites in Nigeria and Cameroon .
Additionally, primate body parts can have value for a variety of traditional uses. This includes for medicines and black magic.
Although wildlife laws are present in Cameroon, they are often difficult to implement. When family groups of primates are hunted, the infants, who are too small to have value as a meat source, are often present. Sadly, these individuals are worth more in the live pet trade. So after witnessing the deaths of their entire families, they are normally sold in illegal markets.
Unfortunately, only a small number of these orphans are saved and make it to an appropriate sanctuary such as the LWC. These orphans need proper care after experiencing severe physical and psychological trauma. Sadly, those who do not make it to a sanctuary, if they survive, are typically kept in deplorable conditions. For example, they end up in small cages, or chained up in villages or restaurants. Ultimately, they have little hope of freedom or ever seeing another member of their own species again.
 Correlates of bushmeat in markets and depletion of wildlife 2015. Conserv. Biol.29, 805–815