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Study Finds the Forgotten Ape Threatened by Human Activity and Forest Loss

Study Finds the Forgotten Ape Threatened by Human Activity and Forest Loss | Bonobo conservation | Scoop.it
The most detailed range-wide assessment of the bonobo (formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee) ever conducted has revealed that this poorly known and endangered great ape is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations.
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~The most detailed range-wide assessment of the bonobo (formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee) ever conducted has revealed that this poorly known and endangered great ape is quickly losing space in a world with growing human populations.

~The loss of usable habitat is attributed to both forest fragmentation and poaching.

~Using data from nest counts and remote sensing imagery, the research team found that the bonobo— one of humankind’s closest living relatives —avoids areas of high human activity and forest fragmentation.

~As little as 28 percent of the bonobo’s range remains suitable.

~For bonobos to survive over the next 100 years or longer, it is extremely important that we understand the extent of their range, their distribution, and drivers of that distribution so that conservation actions can be targeted in the most effective way and achieve the desired results.

~The bonobo is smaller in size and more slender in build than the common chimpanzee.

~The entire range of the bonobo lies within the lowland forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa and currently beset with warfare and insecurity.

 

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Bonobo | Species | WWF

Bonobo | Species | WWF | Bonobo conservation | Scoop.it
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~Humans hunt bonobos to eat them, trade them as bushmeat, keep them as pets and for use in traditional medicine..

~Specific bonobo body parts are believed to enhance sexual vigor or strength.

~The number of bonobos lost to poaching each year is not known, but the number of bonobo charms available in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo suggests that poaching may be common.

~Only part of the bonobo’s range lies in protected areas.

~A growing and moving human population, combined with slash-and-burn agriculture and commercial logging, leaves bonobos outside parks at risk of losing their homes.

 

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Bonobo Habitat Threatened by Human Activity and Forest Loss

Bonobo Habitat Threatened by Human Activity and Forest Loss | Bonobo conservation | Scoop.it
As human populations grow and spread, clearing patches of forest along the way, the habitat of one of mankind's closest living relatives is shrinking.
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~As human populations grow and spread, clearing patches of forest along the way, the habitat of one of mankind's closest living relatives is shrinking.

~New research suggests the bonobo, a chimpanzee-like ape, avoids areas of high human activity and forest fragmentation and that as little as 28 percent of the bonobo's range remains suitable for living.

 ~The researchers also found that only 27.8 percent of suitable bonobo habitat lies within protected forest areas.~"The fact that only a quarter of the bonobo range that is currently suitable for bonobos is located within protected areas is a finding that decision-makers can use to improve management of existing protected areas, and expand the country's parks and reserves in order to save vital habitat for this great ape.

 

 

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