African Apes – Anthropology Notes – For W.B.C.S. Examination.
All of Africa’s great ape species are either endangered or critically endangered.
Africa is home to four of the world’s five great apes. the bonobo, chimpanzee, and two species of gorilla—the eastern and western. Unfortunately, all of these apes are facing extinction due to a number of threats, including habitat destruction and fragmentation, poaching, the risk of disease transfer from humans, and the pet trade.Continue Reading African Apes – Anthropology Notes – For W.B.C.S. Examination.
African Apes Initiative addresses the immediate threats facing the continent’s apes.
The primary objective of the African Apes Initiative (AAI) is to work toward conserving at least one population of each of the nine subspecies of African Apes by prioritizing great ape habitats that are in greatest need of conservation intervention.
We identify landscapes with long-term potential to sustain African ape populations and work with partners on the ground to conserve those ecosystems.
Currently, AWF already has projects in three key ecosystems:
The Lomako-Yokokala Faunal Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is home to about 1,000 bonobos. Here, AWF worked with the Congolese Wildlife Authority and community to establish a faunal reserve and a scientific research center.
Niokolo-Koba National Park, where a specific population of western chimpanzee, that uses both woodland and savanna habitats, resides. AWF provided training to the park authority using the CyberTracker ecological monitoring tool.
The Dja Biosphere Reserve in southern Cameroon where populations of both the central chimpanzee and western lowland gorilla are found. AWF conducted preliminary scoping in the Cameroonian-Congolese forests and is also providing training to park authority, as we did in Niokolo-Koba.
Technology Enables Conservation
To better understand the threats facing apes—and create systematized processes for data collection and monitoring—AWF is working with CyberTracker and SMART Conservation Software technologies. View the story map below to see how these tactics and others are allowing us to protect Africa’s apes.
Launched in 2002, the our African Great Apes Programme works through WWF’s field programmes in Central, Eastern, Southern and West Africa.
The programme works with numerous partners to support projects that help range state governments and their appropriate ministries, wildlife departments and national parks services to:
- improve great ape protection and management
- build capacity within range states
- stop the illegal trade in ape products
- increase people’s support for ape conservation.
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