Wednesday, January 22, 2003

UGANDA CHIMPANZEE COUNT

Census finds 5 000 chimpanzees in Uganda

Kampala, Uganda - There are nearly 5 000 chimpanzees living in Uganda, according to a recently completed census.

But continued hunting and human encroachment on their habitat could reduce that number, said scientists on Tuesday....

Between 100 000 and 150 000 chimpanzees live in 21 African countries, she said.

Populations have already been wiped out in five central African countries where chimpanzee meat is highly sought after.

"Unless serious measures are put in place in the next decade, the populations of chimps will be extinct in 10 more countries," said Cox....