"Scientists building Green Corridor to connect fading chimps colony to nearby mountains" -- USA Today
Japanese biologists have now begun to plant a corridor of trees across a savanna to try to connect one tiny isolated group of chimpanzees to a mountain range where thousands live.
Raising awareness is a powerful means of creating change, especially in this day of global communication. If you educate yourself about the bushmeat problem and help spread the word, then you will be making a meaningful contribution to the fight to save chimpanzees and other endangered species.
Below are some points to get your started, along with links to deeper information throughout the web.
Did you know that there are an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees in biomedical research and testing laboratories or "warehouses" across the U.S.?
An example of tool use, chimpanzees dip leaves into streams to soak up water to drink.
Scientists are validating and advancing Jane Goodall's early observations that chimpanzees experience grief (among other "human" emotions). When a 50-year-old chimpanzee named Pansy was dying in a zoo in Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Parkin in Stirlingshire, Scotland, companion chimps gathered around her, groomed her and caressed her. Her daughter slept by her side even after she died.
If you did not know that bonobos are matriarchal and use sex to maintain harmony, you'll want to read this introduction to bonobos from Live Science and primatologist Brian Hare. He has done several studies at our sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees, the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.
Did you know there is some exciting momentum around the issue of chimpanzees used in invasive research?
Best estimates are that more than 1,000 chimpanzees are in labs in the U.S., either being used for painful and terrifying experiments or being warehoused in case they are wanted. One chimpanzee named Karen was taken from the wild as an infant and kept in a lab for more than 50 years.
If you care to learn about this issue and spread the word, here are some other facts to pocket:
Did you know that an estimated 1,000 chimpanzees are caged in 9 biomedical research and testing laboratories or "warehouses" across the U.S.?
That the U.S. is the only country besides Gabon that continues to conduct invasive research on chimpanzees?
Karen is one of the estimated 1,000 chimpanzees used in biomedical research.
In 1988, Jane Goodall met JoJo, a chimpanzee used for research into HIV/AIDS. (Photo:JGI)