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There are several key threats to the survival of the Great Aoes.




Habitat Loss

Habitat loss is one of the main threats to the survival of all great apes. As more land is cleared for logging, human habitation and farming needs the natural environment for apes is becoming smaller.
An indirect result of this is that apes are starting to encroach on farming lands in s search of dwindling food supples. This increases their contact with humans and places them in real danger of being killed or contracting disease.





The bushmeat trade is a significant threat to all wildlife, and ape species are becoming a large portion of the bushmeat catch. Bushmeat is sold in markets of villages and towns for local food and disturbingly is being increasingly ( and illegally ) found in restaurants in Europe and Britian. Efforts must be made to curb the impact of this trade.

for more info .........http://bushmeat.net/writings.html




Illegal Trade

Many apes are being illegally captured for trade to private collectors, circuses and zoos and other suspect uses around the world. Usually these are young apes who face harsh treatment and conditions during the smuggling operations and in with their illegal owners.






As mining becomes more widespread in sensitive environmental regions great ape species are becoming more vulnerable to contact with humans and face habitat change and loss through clearing and roads. The roads established by miners allow poachers and hunters easier access to the apes and also contribute to the spread of disease. Also the miners often kill apes for food during mining operations.





Many Great Apes are killed each year by hunters from around the world who view their kills as trophies. Skulls and furs etc are kept and smuggled back home.






Disease has become a major threat to the Great Apes. In particular the deadly Ebola Virus is spreading rapidly as more contact is made with the outside world. This not only has implications for the Apes but also for humans.



















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