Saturday, October 18, 2008
The numbers of western chimpanzees (P. troglodytes verus) have plummetted by 90% in less than two decades in Ivory Coast, their main stronghold. Deforestation for cash crops and related expansion of uncontrolled hunting are the culpirits.
In 1989-90 there were some 8-12,000 chimpanzees in Ivory Coast, now there is just none in most areas. Only those living in Taï National Park seem to have survived these two last decades.