Thursday, August 29, 2002

LOGGERS NEED TO CHANGE THEIR WAYS

Goodall urges loggers to save African forests
Wednesday, August 28, 2002
By Ed Stoddard, Reuters

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Africa's ravaged rainforests and their wealth of species are doomed unless greens help persuade logging firms to change their ways, renowned primates expert Jane Goodall said Tuesday....

Humanity's closest living relatives, the chimpanzees and gorillas, are among the animals threatened by the illicit trade in wild meat and the loss of the forests.

"It's terrible ... the number of chimpanzees in the wild a century ago was around two million and is now around 200,000 and some people think the number is even less," Goodall said. She said they were mere "relics" in most of the 21 nations where they still live, small groups clinging on against an onslaught of human encroachment. Some of their biggest populations are found in Gabon, Cameroon, and the two Congos....