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Can We Save Central Africa’s Apes Before It’s Too Late?

WWF Global   in  ·
April 10, 2015

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and disease according to a new plan published by WWF, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Wildlife Conservation Society and partners.

The strategy, “Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of Western Lowland Gorillas and Central Chimpanzees 2015-2025”—outlines the growing number of threats to these great apes across six range countries, including gaps in law enforcement and the threats by well-connected traffickers seeking to supply the illegal commercial market.

While national and international laws protect the critically endangered western lowland gorilla and the endangered central chimpanzee, the report found that across six countries nearly 80 percent of great apes live outside of protected areas.

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