World Chimpanzee Day

The 14th of July 2023 is World Chimpanzee Day! The Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is a primate species that inhabits the forests and savannah habitats of West and Central Africa (STC, 2020). Chimpanzees feed the majority on trees and that can be fruits and young leaves (Tweheyo, et al., 2004).

The Chimpanzee is an Endangered species due to the ever-decreasing population number (EOL, 2023) (IUCN, 2016). This population decline can be related to the habitat destruction and improper hunting practices of the chimpanzees (Kuhl, et al., 2017). Due to Chimpanzees living in forested habitats, the logging industry is the leading cause of habitat destruction (Tweheyo, et al., 2004).

Therefore, the importance of conserving the environment is vital as many species, in this case, the Chimpanzee, will benefit from it. By conserving habitats and implementing vegetation/habitat management plans, species such as the Chimpanzee can hopefully be preserved. With these plans in place to conserve the terrestrial habitats and the wildlife that take refuge therein the ecosystem as a whole can be protected for future generations to come.

ENVASS has a team of very talented terrestrial specialists that are always ready to help. This skilled team can provide you with terrestrial biodiversity knowledge which can be used to draw up and implement environmental management plans and identify and assess risks to faunal and floral species within the area that is under threat. Should you require any assistance with terrestrial assessments, please feel free to contact us on 012 460 9768 or
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IUCN, 2016. Chimpanzee. [Online]
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Kuhl, H. et al., 2017. The Critically Endangered western chimpanzee declines by 80%. American Journal of Prtimatology, Volume 79:e22681.

STC, 2020. Where Do Chimpanzees Live?. [Online]
Available at:
[Accessed 13 July 2023].

Tweheyo, M., Lye, K. & Weladji, R., 2004. Chimpanzee diet and habitat selection in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda. Forest Ecology and Management, 188(1-3), pp. 267-278.

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