Chimpanzees share more than 98% genetic makeup with humans and are in critical danger of extinction. PASA wildlife centers are doing their part to mitigate the numerous threats that face this incredible species!
Their overall population is now strikingly lower and more fragmented due to deforestation, bushmeat trade and other illegal trade. Their forests are being cut down at alarming rates to accommodate agriculture and to harvest trees which not only leaves them with smaller habitats with less food and shelter but separates groups from each other, making it extremely difficult for individuals to breed. This exposure also makes them more vulnerable to poachers.
Chimpanzees are sought after in some parts of the world for use in entertainment or as personal pets. When a chimp is taken from the wild or hunted for bushmeat, the effect to the species at large is devastating. Chimpanzees have a very slow reproductive rate and on average it takes 14-15 years to replace that individual as a breeding member of chimp society.
Read more about how you can help chimpanzees in the wild!