Chimpanzees: Endangered Animal in Africa

    Did you know that chimpanzees share 98% of our DNA?
    Only about 150,000 chimpanzees live in the African wild and they lived 4 to 8 million years ago. They live to be about 45 years old and can be 70 to 130 pounds. Their height can range from 4 to 5 1/2 feet tall. The scientific name is Pan Troglodytes.

The countries that chimps can be found in are Gabon, DRC, Cameroon, and Central Africa. They are dispersed in Angola, Uganda, and Tanzania. Pan Troglodytes are extinct in Gambia, Burkina, Faso, Togo, and Benin. Only about 2,000 chimpanzees are living in the United States. 850 live in labs, 600 live in sanctuaries, 300 live in zoos and 250 live in private areas.

Chimpanzees are endangered because of mining, illegal pet trade, traditional medicines, trapping, logging, and being used for bush meat. Also because of diseases and agriculture.

In conclusion, the situation with endangered chimpanzees is getting worse because of trapping, illegal pet trade, mining, logging, traditional medicines, and bush meat. One day we won’t be able to see these cute animals because they will be extinct.