Chimpanzees, commonly referred to as chimps, share over 95% of the same DNA with humans. Every four hours, one chimp is being illegally taken from the wild to be traded as a pet or eaten as bushmeat. DSWF works with ground-based project partners who provide vital rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps. We also lead educational initiatives attempting to reduce the local demand and raise awareness about the serious consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.
The illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to chimpanzees. Infants are often captured for the exotic pet trade and the devastating reality of these captures is that for every one infant taken, poachers will typically slaughter 10 adult chimpanzees, who fiercely protect their young. Other threats to chimps include the illegal bushmeat trade, human-wildlife conflict, habitat destruction and disease.
DSWF works with ground-based conservation project partners to provide vital rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes for illegally trafficked chimps and local educational campaigns attempting to reduce the demand for local trade.
By adopting a holistic approach to conservation that fights wildlife crime, protects chimps and engages with local communities, DSWF works to reduce the threats to chimpanzees and create a positive and sustainable future for chimps in the wild.