Government officials, WCS conservationists, and scientists from 17 organizations have come together to give this chimp a better chance. What’s it going to take? A region-wide plan
for enhanced collaboration and law enforcement along the border area, increased
recruitment and training for wildlife rangers, more conservation research, and improved partnerships
with and sustainable livelihood opportunities for local people.
Numbers for the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee in the wild fall
somewhere between 3,500 and 9,000. With such a few-and-far-between existence, it’s little
wonder the chimp was just recently identified as its own subspecies in 1997. The
primates also face heavy hunting and tend to flee when they encounter humans. The $14.6 million strategy to ensure its future could protect more than 95 percent of the remaining individuals
over the next five years.
For more information, see the press release.