Friday, September 02, 2005

Great apes in danger of being wiped out

Man's closest cousins could become extinct within a generation due to poverty, disease, hunting and logging, according to the first-ever World Atlas of Great Apes.
An unprecedented survey by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) has resulted in a conservation map of the six remaining species and how their habitats are at risk.
As few as 350,000 great apes, which include chimpanzees, bonobos, eastern and western gorillas and Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, could now remain in the wild, the survey shows.

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