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First-Ever Africa-Wide Great Ape Assessment Reveals Human Activity, not Habitat Availability, is Greatest Driver of Ape Abundance

The first-ever Africa-wide assessment of great apes – gorillas, bonobos and chimpanzees – finds that human factors, including roads, population density and GDP, determine abundance more than ecological factors such as forest cover.

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International Efforts Needed to Save World’s Largest Mammals, Scientists Say
July 27, 2016 – A team of conservation biologists is calling for a worldwide strategy to prevent the unthinkable: the extinction of the world’s largest mammal species.
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Most detailed assessment of bonobo across range conducted by University of Georgia, University of Maryland, WCS, and other conservation groups NEW YORK (November 26, 2013)—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, accord...
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A recent study discovered that bonobos, formerly known as pygmy chimpanzees, are in danger of losing their habitats.
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Finding underlines importance of protecting wildlife populations to gain insights into pathogens that impact human populations WCS researchers provided key data for study NEW YORK (September 22, 2010)—Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Wildlife Conservation Society and others have discovered that the most common form of human malaria—Plasmodium falciparum—may have originated in western lowland gorillas. This finding comes from...
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Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program, Dr. James Deutsch Testifies before Congress on the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization and Amendment Act Lauds Representatives George Miller and Madeleine Bordallo for Efforts to Save Humanity’s Closest Relatives NEW YORK (January 27, 2010)  Dr. James Deutsch, Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program, testified today before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Insular Aff...
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