Chimpanzees – One taken every four hours
Chimpanzees, commonly referred to as chimps, share over 95% of the same DNA with humans. Yet, every four hours, one chimp is being illegally taken from the wild.
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to chimpanzees, now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List with an estimated remaining population of between 170,000 to 300,000 left in the wild. Infants are often captured for the exotic pet trade and the devastating reality of these captures is that for every one infant taken, poachers will typically slaughter 10 chimpanzees, the protective adults wishing to protect their young. Other threats to chimps include the illegal bushmeat trade, human-wildlife conflict, habitat destruction and disease.
Why are Chimpanzees Endangered?
DSWF Working to Protect Chimpanzees
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) works with ground-based project partners the Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) in Guinea, who provide vital rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps. They also lead educational initiatives attempting to reduce the local demand and raise awareness about the serious consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.
Funding from DSWF directly supports CCC’s emergency rescue missions and education initiatives, reaching remote communities who are most likely to become involved in the illegal trade of chimpanzees. Educators communicate the strict legal repercussions of wildlife crime, and the importance of conservation to aid the protection of this incredible species.
Chimpanzee Conservation and Protection
How to Help Chimpazees
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