Ghana/June 5, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/140 views /Ghana Chimpanzees in the wild reduced to ‘forest ghettos’share on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelUrban expansion and hunting have pushed chimpanzees, humanity’s closest relative in the animal kingdom, into shrinking islets of wildness, top experts said Tuesday after a three-day meeting in Germany. All four sub-species of the African primate are threatened with extinction, with at least one — the western chimpanzee — declining in number by more than 80 percent over three generations. Forty chimp experts from around the world — with a combined 300 years of field experience — issued a collective appeal to save the only animal whose DNA overlaps with humans by 98 percent. “Over the decades that we have been working with wild chimpanzee communities, we have all seen our study groups become isolated,” they said in a statement. “Chimpanzees are being reduced into living in forest ghettos.” The main threat to chimps and other large mammals is habitat loss. Africa still has large tracts of undisturbed savannah and forest, but these areas are shrinking rapidly due growing cities, mining, deforestation, and industrial agriculture. All four sub-species of the African primate are threatened with extinction, with at least one — the western chimpanzee — declining in number by more than 80 percent over the last three generations. By STR (AFP/File) The continent’s human population of more than 1.2 billion is expected to double by mid-century, and could top four billion by the end of the century. ALSO READ AFCON 2019: Jamie Lawrence In Talks With Ghana FA To Join Black Stars Backroom StaffChimps number in the thousands for three of the sub-species, and about 250,000 for the eastern chimpanzee, found mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Western chimpanzees have already been wiped out in Burkina Faso, Benin, Gambia, and possibly Togo. “Forty years ago, we drove 100 kilometres (60 miles) on a mud road to reach the park boundaries while encountering chimpanzees and elephants,” said Christopher Boesch, a professor at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, referring to the Tai National Park in Ivory Coast. “Nowadays, you have to reach the park boundaries to see the first patch of forest.” Last common ancestor Human encroachment and the hunting of chimpanzees for “bush meat” has also altered the social life and behaviour of the animals, said Crickette Sanz, an associate professor at Washington University in Missouri who has worked for decades in the Republic of Congo’s Goualougo Triangle. ALSO READ REGSEC Bans Bikes In Chereponi“When we first arrived in the Ndoki forest, the chimpanzees would often approach us with curiosity,” she recalled. The main threat to chimp and large mammals in general is habitat loss. By Issouf SANOGO (AFP/File) Now they hide. “It is wise that they have changed their behaviour — their survival depends on it,” Sanz added. Compared to chimpanzees in pristine forests, those in areas disrupted by humans also showed a decrease in the diversity of learned behaviour, according to a recent study. Scientists studying nearly 150 chimpanzee communities across 17 countries identified 31 actions — including cracking nuts, extracting termites or ants with tools, collected honey, throwing stones as a form of communication — that were done differently from one group to the next. ALSO READ Lawyer Sosu Wish Muslims Successful RamadanThe more humans had carved up the environment — building roads, clear-cutting trees, setting up palm oil plantation — the more uniform these actions became. The last common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees lived about seven million years ago. “We did not evolve from bonobos or chimpanzees but we share with them a common ancestry,” said Martin Surbeck, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, also in Leipzig. The famed anthropologist Irven DeVore once marvelled at humanity’s indifference to our closest primate cousins. “We did not evolve from bonobos or chimpanzees but we share with them a common ancestry,” said Martin Surbeck, a primatologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, also in Leipzig. By STR (AFP/File) “If we, in our travels in space, should encounter a creature that shared 98 percent of our genetic makeup, think of the money we would spend to study this species,” he said. “Such creatures exist on Earth and we are allowing them to become extinct.” Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Ghana share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleKula chiefs task Awara on Wike’s olive branch | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World Newsnext articleSeven wanted for ‘environmental crimes’: InterpolRelated Posts435 shares Ghana/June 20, 2019 Counselor Lutterodt Reveals Akuapem Poloo’s Secret…As Payback For Attacking Him450 shares Ghana/June 19, 2019 Book On “Death Is Nothing” Launched In AccraSHOCKING: Allotey Jacobs Related To A Renowned Nigerian Actor….Guess Who!Children Of Today – VIDEOChamber Of Independent Power Producers Distributors And Bulk Consumers LaunchedNot Too Late To Reverse Destructive Action In Atewa Forest – Government ToldOhemaa Woyeje Welcomes Baby Girl in NetherlandsFASHION PHOTO: Yvonne NelsonTier II Special Competition: AshantiGold 3-1 Asante KotokoGHS9.6bn Swallowed By Corruption In 3 Years – CDD Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! 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