Thursday, September 01, 2005

GREAT APES - Apes 'extinct in a generation'

The BBC is among a number of sites reporting on "The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation", a new book from the UN which highlights the plight of the Great Apes and suggests that the Apes could be 'extinct in a generation'.
Some of the great apes - chimps, gorillas, and orangutans - could be extinct in the wild within a human generation, a new assessment concludes.
The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation is published by the UN's environment and biodiversity agencies.

It brings together data from many sources in an attempt to assess comprehensively the prospects for the remaining great apes; the gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos of Africa, and the orangutans of south-east Asia.

The general conclusion is that the outlook is poor.