Dramatic cut in Chimp numbers

In 1900, Chimpanzee numbers were estimated at 1-2 million. Now, due to bushmeat hunting, habitat loss and illegal logging, the numbers have dropped to only 15,000 – that’s a loss of over 9,000 Chimps A YEAR. No population can withstand that sort of decimation, and if we do not act soon on the causes of this loss, we will sacrifice yet another species to unnecessary human rapacity.

Chimps are found in 21 African countries, mainly across the rainforest belt. However, now only fragmented areas of the belt remain after unyielding forest clearance, and they have been driven to the more dangerous woodland areas where they are more exposed to poachers.

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