Protecting Chimpanzees

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees
Protecting Chimpanzees

Project Report | May 9, 2024
Protecting Chimpanzees - May Update

By Eleanor E | Individual Giving Executive

Chimpanzee - Rebecca Ney
Chimpanzee - Rebecca Ney

Our project partners in Guinea are continuing their dedicated efforts toward conservation and community engagement. This is particularly focused on the Komoya community to the north of High Niger National Park and the protection of chimpanzees in their natural habitats. In 2023, our partners initiated a long-term agreement with the Komoya community to address illegal activities, including logging, hunting, and unsanctioned rice cultivation. These activities are detrimental to native chimpanzee populations due to habitat destruction, depletion of food sources, increased human-wildlife conflict, direct harm to chimpanzees through poaching, and an overall loss of biodiversity. These activities result in the clearing of forests, reducing available living space and access to essential resources, and leading to encounters between humans and chimpanzees, often resulting in injury or death to both parties. Additionally, hunting and trapping directly threaten chimpanzees for bushmeat or the pet trade, further exacerbating population declines and disrupting ecological balance. As part of this agreement, our partners have committed to implementing income-generating projects to offset losses incurred by the community to promote sustainable economic growth.

Between March and April, our partners have been rehabilitating a 14-hectare terrain near Komoya village, providing the community with a designated area for rice farming without encroaching on chimpanzee habitats along the Niger River. Our partners are predicting that the seeding will therefore take place in May with the harvest projected to be between November – December 2024. By relocating agricultural activities to areas further away from chimpanzee habitats, we can minimise human-wildlife conflict and reduce the risk of negative interactions between humans and chimpanzees. This approach not only protects chimpanzees from potential harm but also ensures the integrity of their natural habitats, preserving biodiversity and ecological balance. By creating buffer zones between agricultural lands and chimpanzee territories, we can mitigate the impacts of habitat fragmentation and encroachment, allowing chimpanzee populations to thrive.

DSWF is actively involved in beekeeping initiatives in the local communities, which provide sustainable alternatives to destructive practices, benefiting communities and wildlife alike. By engaging in beekeeping, communities can generate revenue without resorting to environmentally destructive activities such as logging, hunting, or illegal agriculture, which encroach upon chimpanzee habitats. Moreover, beekeeping encourages the preservation of biodiversity by fostering healthy ecosystems that support a variety of plant and animal species, including the chimpanzees. This sustainable livelihood approach enhances community resilience to environmental changes while promoting coexistence between humans and wildlife.

Expanding their outreach efforts, our partners are working on environmentally themed radio broadcasts, reaching up to 1,200,000 people monthly in the local language. The shows provide a platform to raise awareness in local communities about the importance of chimpanzee conservation, the threats facing the chimpanzees, and the role that the community can play in their protection. Through informative programmes, listeners can learn about the ecological significance of chimpanzees, their behaviours, and the impact of human activities on their habitats. The radio programme also includes interactive elements such as interviews with stakeholders involved in conservation and community projects, fostering greater engagement and collaboration.

In the coming year, DSWF remains committed to advancing our partner’s conservation objectives, boosting community engagement, and addressing challenges to protect chimpanzees and their habitats in Guinea.

Thank you for your generous support in providing a more sustainable future for the chimpanzees of Guinea and the communities that live alongside them.

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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @DSWFwildlife
Project Leader:
Lawrence Avery
Guildford , Surrey United Kingdom

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