31 Jul '17, 9pm

Western Chimpanzee numbers declined by more than 80 percent over the past quarter century

Western Chimpanzee numbers declined by more than 80 percent over the past quarter century

The IUCN reports that there is significant overlap between Western Chimpanzee terrain and areas suitable for oil palm development in Western Africa, which is “likely to exacerbate population declines in coming years.” That’s especially true in Liberia, where 94.3 percent of areas of Western Chimp occurrence overlap with areas that might be targeted for oil palm plantations, and Sierra Leone, where there is 84.2 percent overlap. Those two countries, together with Guinea, are considered strongholds for the subspecies, which is already believed to be extinct in the wild in Benin, Burkina-Faso, and Togo. The chimp’s numbers are “in the low hundreds” in Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal, the IUCN notes, while “Côte d’Ivoire has seen a catastrophic decline of about 90% of its Chimpanzee population.”

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/07/western-chimpanzee-numb...

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