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Across Africa the Chimpanzee population is declining due to the loss of habitat
chimpanzees; endangered; The Status of Chimpanzees in Uganda; habitat; farms; hunting
CHIMPANZEES have an axe to grind with their humans cousins. In a wave sweeping through Western Uganda, an influx of human beings has caused massive degradation of the thick forests.
The corridors that were the chimpanzee's natural habitat have been replaced by farmlands and the apes are now hunted by the local communities.
"The endangered apes face extinction if nothing is done about their plight," warns a new report entitled The Status of Chimpanzees in Uganda.
"Across Africa, the chimpanzee population is declining rapidly due to the loss of habitat and because they are being hunted for game meat," says the report. However, the report adds that the most calamitous of the two in Uganda has been the chimpanzee's habitat destruction and not the game meat trade, as most Ugandan communities do not eat apes.
The report, which was compiled by experts after a four-year study was presented at a workshop convened on January 13, at the American Embassy...