Deep in an African forest lives a clever community of African apes. This community will be known as the chimpanzee pygmy community. The chimpanzee pygmy lives in the deep forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in Africa. Another name name for this mesmerizing monkey is the bonobo. This fascinating, intelligent mammal’s existence has become endangered, due to the fact that it's being used for testing (“Chimpanzee” The). The bonobo’s life as a free-living ape will not be the same if nothing is done to save it.
The image of the bonobo is extremely remarkable. The bonobo walks on all four legs and swings from branch to branch. It has a height that ranges from 4 to 5.5 feet tall, and a weight range of 70 to 130 pounds (“Chimpanzee” National). This magnificent ape’s facial skin is dark. It also has hair on …show more content…
There are two main reasons why its population is decreasing. One is due to the destruction of it habitat, due to overpopulation in the area it is competing for food and that causes too much stress. With the bonobo under stress the birth date will drop (“Chimpanzee, Pygmy” 45). Second reason is due to illegal poaching rank. The reason for poaching is due to civil dispute in the DRC, the bonobo is being used for bushmeat and traditional medicine (“Bonobos.” World Wildlife). It is expected that the bonobo won’t live long. To some people the bonobo’s life is irrelevant but there are many things being done to save his life and keep him from being completely extinct. An organization called Bonobo Conservation International is trying to preserve the bonobo’s habitat, along with protecting the bonobo. According to their website, “Our mission is to protect bonobos, preserve their tropical rainforest habitat, and empower local communities in the Congo Basin” (“About”). There is also a nonprofit community raising money to save the Bonobo from the Congo
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Mariah Rocole APES 8-20-15 Endangered Species Today, 17,000 species are threatened to become extinct. The Pan paniscus more commonly known as the Bonobo, is an endangered species from the African continent. The Bonobo lives in the Congo Basin in Africa.
Protecting the nature and preserving the forests was a vital part of countless environmentalists in the past. From the godfather of environmentalism, to the woman who pioneered the study of chimpanzees in the wild, many scientists and environmentalists have shown significant importance towards the nature and the beautiful world around them. To name a few, John Muir, Jane Goodall, Ansel Adams, and Rachel Carson are examples of inspiring people who gave importance to forests and natural landscapes for America. One of the vital people in the world who helped develop a movement towards the nature was John Muir. From the article in Source #2, “Is Conservationist Muir Still Important?”, the author states that, “He's a larger-than-life figure
During the earlier years of her work, she mainly spent it in Gombe Stream National Park. She studied chimpanzees all day and she was fascinated by them. Jane is now spreading the word about chimpanzees to protect them, “Today she travels the world, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees and environmental crises, urging each of us to take action on behalf of all living things and the planet we share.” (“Our Story - the Jane Goodall
The extant primate species I decided to research is the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey, scientifically known as Rhinopithecus roxellana. Part of the reason I chose this species was how odd it looks next to other primate species; it has a flat blue face, big lips, and bright orange color. The other reason I chose the species was because I read that it is now an endangered species and was curious about why it has become endangered and how people are trying to change that. I believe it is important to study the golden snub-nosed monkey because looking at how they interact with their environment and with each other may give us a look into how early human ancestors may have acted under similar conditions. Before I get too far into the specifics of my primate I should discuss how it is different from modern humans.
Additionally, Lemurs long and fluffy tails help them balance and communicate with their pack. Aside from that, recent articles show that the lemur population is decreasing quickly , plant life is affected by their extinction, and there could be a solution to prevent lemur extinction. The famous ring tailed lemurs on the island of Madagascar are disappearing. One recent study by
Chimpanzees are the opposite, they are run by a Polygynous social structure. This means that they are run by one Alpha male in a group of females. This is probably because Chimps have a society that is built on power, and Bonobos are probably so peaceful because their behavior revolves around sex. Another key difference is how Bonobos and Chimps react when they greet or interact with another group. Chimps will usually go around patrolling their territory and if anyone intrudes their area, they viciously attack or kill intruders.
Particularly, I believe that fossils of our ancestors show that we had to develop bipedalism because of natural selection and environmental factors. Grade I: The Lemuroids The best place to observe Lemuroids of all shapes and sizes is Madagascar, where there are more than 30 different kinds (LemurWorld). They can also be found on the Comoro Islands. They can weigh anywhere from 1 ounce to 20 pounds.
They are providing programs and assistance to shelters to help them be kill free. Their motto is to treat all living things like we would want to be treated. This is a program that has really made a difference for many animals and their forever
Up in the Rwandan mountain forests, renowned primatologist Dian Fossey studied and lived amongst the enigmatic silverback gorillas for as long as 14 years. A humble outpost was mounted in September 24, 1967. This remote outpost—also called the Karisoke Research Center—sat nestled between the volcanic Virunga Mountains. The study she would then conduct there was extensive: she diligently observed the mountain gorillas and wrote monthly reports. To gain the creatures’ trust, Fossey went to incredible lengths to stay shrouded in thick bushes and she emulated the gorillas’ behavior.
Howler monkeys are one of the largest New World monkeys found in South and Central America, more specifically found in tropical forests of eastern Bolivia, northern Argentina, southern Brazil, and Paraguay. They live in large social groups that contains all of the family members such as parents, siblings, aunts and other relatives. They form a family of 8 or more members that stay and survive together. A unique fact about their group structure is that some of the male and female will leave the group they were born in and move on to join a total new group, with the majority of their lives growing up is spent in groups they weren’t born in or related to. Male and female howler monkeys are quite different in their appearance.
A huge problem our current world is facing is the several endangered species. One of these species that’s on the verge of extinction is the koala. This might come to a surprise for many as “how could these cute and furry little creatures be endangered?” Sadly, koalas have not been getting the attention needed to help save them. Many koala habitats are also disappearing.
The biggest overt difference that one notices when comparing nonhuman primates to human primates is the loss of body hair in the modern human, to the extent even, that humans have been described as the “naked ape” in many contexts. The primates classified as old world apes that are closest in relation to humans are the Bonobos and Chimpanzees. Looking specifically at the Chimpanzees, we can compare and contrast the properties of the skin and hair between them and humans to get an idea of the evolutionary pressures that may have been in place. Notably, there are many different properties of the skin in the nonhuman and human primates.
The sight of seeing an elephant in the wild, basking in the heat of the day enjoying the freedom of roaming in a watering hole in the Tembe Elephant Park made me curious enough to research and add an African safari to Inky’s bucket list. Tembe Elephant Park is the home for 250 of the world’s biggest elephants claims Dr John Marais, writer of two books, “Great Tuskers of Africa”, “In search of Africa’s great Tuskers”. Located between Zululand and Mozambique and set within 190 square miles of sand, bush and breathtaking scenery the Tembe Park is co-owned and managed by the Tembe people whose ancestors have resided for over five generations. In addition to the primary elephant focus, the park is also home to other African wildlife including
As an ecologist with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, I play a dual role of being the technical expert in the field and an advisor to management on conservation issues. Technical roles include ensuring maintenance of biodiversity through conservation of ecosystems, species and ecological processes. This involves planning management, research, monitoring and extension work within and outside protected areas. Undertaking problem orientated research, which will have an impact on wildlife conservation and policy; preparation of park plans; ensuring sustainable utilisation; monitoring and establishing databases and publishing of scientific articles. Conducting population surveys; Environmental Impact Assessments are part of the work I do.