We stand on the threshold of a future without chimpanzees in the wild.
The IUCN/World Conservation Union Red List of Threatened Species says each of the species of African great apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos – as endangered. African apes are largely confined to the relatively intact forests of Equatorial Africa as their last remaining stronghold. Chimpanzees are likely extinct in 4 of their 25 range countries (Gambia, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin).
In case you missed it, a report in February listed the top 25 most endangered primate species. They include great apes, the Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) and Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii), both of whose numbers are in the hundreds.
Jane Goodall's new book, Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink is that rare thing, a good news environmental book. It offers success stories about the often superhuman efforts of conservationists determined to save species from disappearing.
Read this book, and you may find yourself deeply inspired by the fascinating people and projects related by Jane and her co-authors Thane Maynard and Gail Hudson.
Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink
Interweaving her own firsthand experiences with the compelling research of some of the world's premier scientists, Dr. Goodall illuminates the heroic efforts of dedicated environmentalists and the critical need to protect wildlife habitat.