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Great Apes threatened again, this time by habitat loss | Conservation | The Earth Times via @Earth_Times

Great Apes threatened again, this time by habitat loss | Conservation | The Earth Times via @Earth_Times

Credit: © Diversity and Distributions Above: The present localities of the eight great ape species that were available at the time of the study, from the A.P.E.S. database and used as input for the ape habitat model. (names are given in English throughout the article's length; Pan troglodytes and subspecies are chimpanzee for example.) After years of depredations ranging from their use for bushmeat to dwindling population and disease, the African apes are now in greater danger than ever, from loss of their various habitats . A huge group of scientists have collaborated to bring us a paper explaining just how little of their native patch is left. Human populations are naturally rising and forest exploitation, it needs hardly be said, increases in many varied and changing ways. The journal, Diversity and Distributions , has published this extensive investigation into the whe...

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