Flo carries infant Flint on her back in Gombe Stream Reserve, Tanganyika.
Credit: © Jane Goodall Institute
June 12, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a final rule to classify all chimpanzees, both wild and captive, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Until this change, only wild chimpanzees were listed as endangered while captive chimpanzees were listed as threatened. The decision responds to growing threats to the species and aligns the chimpanzee's status with existing legal requirements.