Future of the Environment

The African rainforest may not survive if we wipe out its chimpanzee population

Chimpanzee numbers have dropped from 1 million to less than 300,000. Image: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Alex Chepstow-Lusty

Associate Researcher, Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group, University of Cambridge

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Tropical rainforests (dark green) still cover much of central and west Africa. Image: Vzb83 / wiki
Oil palm fruit swallowed and deposited in faeces by chimpanzee at Gombe National Park. Image: D Mwacha A Collins / Jane Goodall Institute
Cusano, an alpha male in Gombe, Tanzania, was among those who died in the 1996 respiratory outbreak. Image: Alex Chepstow-Lusty, Author provided

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