Chimpanzees are classified as endangered species, and most of the factors contributing to the endangerment of chimpanzees can be attributed to humans. By learning about the issues contributing to the decline of chimpanzees in the wild, we can all do our part to conserve the chimps’ natural habitats and protect the species at large.
Chimpanzees are currently found in only 21 countries in equatorial Africa. Since 1960, chimpanzee populations have declined by half, with just 150,000 chimpanzees remaining in Africa today, and numbers dwindling daily. The loss of chimpanzee habitats in Africa is primarily related to logging, hunting, mining, and infectious diseases – learn more about each of these issues and how you can help below.