We are proposing today to give all chimpanzees the full protections of the Endangered Species Act, or ESA.
Chimpanzees by Chi King, Flickr
Threats batter chimpanzees as habitat loss, poaching and disease continue. A growing human population across the 22 countries of Equatorial Africa is also taking its toll. As humans demand more, chimpanzees get less -- Less land, less water, less food, less everything.
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Conservation heroes like British primatologist Jane Goodall have dedicated their lives to understand chimpanzees in the wild and raise worldwide awareness about their plight. We stand with Dr. Goodall and others today in the hope that this proposal will ignite renewed public interest in the status of chimpanzees in the wild.
We have also been helping chimpanzees for years. Our Great Ape Conservation Fund has been steadily promoting their conservation.