A Matter of Life and Limb

Max has lost both feet to wire snares. Photo by Ronan Donovan

Due to Ugandan cultural views, which place the eating of apes as taboo, chimpanzees in Kibale National Park are thankfully free of poaching pressure.  However, our chimpanzees face a continuing threat of getting caught in wire snares placed (illegally) by local hunters to trap other wildlife, such as duikers and bushpigs.  Kibale Chimpanzee Project field manager Emily Otali and chimpanzee Max (pictured) were recently featured in a Science Magazine highlight of the snaring problem.  Read the article here.  You can also read more about the snaring problem and other conservation issues under our Conservation page.

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