Catastrophic ape decline in western equatorial Africa

  title={Catastrophic ape decline in western equatorial Africa},
  author={P. Walsh and Kate A. Abernethy and M. Bermejo and R. Beyers and P. D. Wachter and Marc Ella Akou and Bas Huijbregts and Daniel Idiata Mambounga and A. K. Toham and A. Kilbourn and S. Lahm and S. Latour and F. Maisels and Christian Mbina and Yves Mihindou and Sosth{\`e}ne Ndong Obiang and Ernestine Ntsame Effa and M. Starkey and P. Telfer and Marc Thibault and C. Tutin and Lee J. T. White and D. Wilkie},
  • P. Walsh, Kate A. Abernethy, +20 authors D. Wilkie
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • Because rapidly expanding human populations have devastated gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) and common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) habitats in East and West Africa, the relatively intact forests of western equatorial Africa have been viewed as the last stronghold of African apes. Gabon and the Republic of Congo alone are thought to hold roughly 80% of the world's gorillas and most of the common chimpanzees. Here we present survey results conservatively indicating that ape populations in Gabon… CONTINUE READING
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