My first post for Jane Goodall Institute of Canada’s “Change Is In You” blog!
While growing up I was fascinated with chimpanzees and always wanted to learn more about them. Once I realized that they were an endangered species, I knew that I wanted to raise awareness about this issue. So when I started to write about science I tried to identify the major threats to their future existence in the 21st century. Not surprisingly, I found that humans caused all major threats: habitat loss, disease transmission, and hunting. I believe that by identifying these key issues, Canadians can make a positive impact on the future welfare of this amazing species. That is why I need to address a growing threat to chimpanzees in the wild that recently shocked me: great ape trafficking.
Great ape trafficking itself is not new. Conservationists have known about the trade for decades. Disturbingly, I actually witnessed people trading animals illegally in Cameroon when I was conducting…
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