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?


We must engage with key stakeholders and local communities about how to end the illegal trade in Chimpanzees and how best to disincentivise poaching. People lie at the heart of the poaching crisis, be it as consumers or as a part of the poaching cycle and yet people are also the hope and solution to resolve it.DSWF’s Head of Programmes and Policy Georgina Lamb 


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


Learn More About Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), are our closest living relatives and share more than 95% of our DNA.

Native to Africa, chimpanzees are a highly intelligent species living in communities of family groups, sometimes comprising up to 50 members. These communities have complex social structures with a male hierarchy, where chimps form extremely close bonds with each other. Chimpanzees eat, hunt and play together, and are fiercely protective of their young. Find out more!


How to Help Chimpazees

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