The Common Chimpanzee
The Bonobo Chimpazee
1) A major threat against chimpanzees is hapitat loss due to the rapid human population growth. Because Africa has one of the highest growth rates, most forrest in Africa are becoming too small to even support groups of only 500 chimps. Their habitats are being cleared for living space and growing crops. Chimpanzees have become completley extinct from 4 African countires and almost extinct in 10 others.
2) Another threat against chimpanzees is the bushmeat trade. Chimpanzees and other wild animals are killed and sold for food and body parts. Since infants do not have enough meat they are sold on the exotic pet market. Bushmeat is also a primary source of protein in West and Central Africa. Because of this, it is believed that the bushmeat trade is the greatest threat to forest biodiversity in in West and Central Africa
Current Conservation Efforts
Impact of the Chimpanzee
One large impact Chimpanzees have is that they are one of our closest reletives. They share 98% of their genes with humans. Because of this, chimpanzees are one of the only animals humans can communicate with. Chimpanzees are also important to the ecosystem because a balanced ecosystem depends on a variety of species, and all the species depend on eachother for survival.
How Can We Help?
1) Take action- Speak out to not let congress slash funding for the environment and conservation
2) Stay connected- Stay up to date with wildlife news and conservation updates
3) Adopt a Chimp- Make a symbollic chimp adoption to help save some of the most endangered species from extinction