Monday, January 18, 2016

Ebola & Chocolate are Monkey Killers

Two of the biggest threats facing great apes are Ebola and chocolate. Since the 1990's Ebola has killed 33% of the world’s gorilla and chimpanzee populations. The other major threat to great ape populations is the loss of their natural habitat. In Africa the chimpanzee has lost half of its original range. Part of this loss is due to illegal cocoa farms.

The African Wildlife Foundation explores the major threats to Africa's great apes species in a new story map, called A Conservation Initiative to Save Africa's Great Apes. The Esri Story map plots out the loss of the great apes' natural habitat in Africa and where their remaining habitat remains under threat.

The map also outlines how the African Wildlife Foundation are working to address the threats faced by great apes. In particluar the map explores the specific initiatives the Foundation are working on in the Dja Faunal Reserve in Cameroon,

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