Friday, April 27, 2018

W.Africa gorillas still endangered, declining fast

W.Africa gorillas
Gorillas and chimpanzees may be twice as numerous in West Africa as previously thought, but the apes are still endangered, declining fast and in dire need of protection, an international study found Wednesday.


Prior estimates were based on nest counts taken from isolated areas across the great apes' habitat range, said the report in the journal Science Advances.

The new count uses mathematical modeling to project likely ape numbers in areas where their nests haven't been directly surveyed by people.

The estimates are based on other factors known to influence ape numbers, such as proximity to roads and people, and recent outbreaks of Ebola virus which can be deadly.
 (AFP)
 26/4/18

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