Sunday, March 29, 2009

90% Of Wild Chimpanzees In Côte d'Ivoire Are Dead

A juvenile chimpanzee playing with a stick in Gdansk Zoo, Poland. Photo from Cellerimus.

Pretty grim statistics from According to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology census, 90% of all wild chimpanzees that live in Côte d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast) are dead thanks to civil war, deforestation, poaching and clearing land for farming. Currently, Taï National Park is the last stronghold for a troop of chimpanzees while the remaining population lives in scattered locations all around Côte d'Ivoire.

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Marcel F. Williams said...

I've always believed the the wealthiest nations of the world should create employment and educational opportunity for millions of unemployed adults in third world countries by funding an International Conservation Corp. In a place like the Ivory Coast, for instance, locals could be hired full time to patrol and protect forest, plant trees, and clean up refuse in forest and even in urban environments while also attending adult education classes to help them improve their quality of life.

Such an international program, as I envision it, would probably cost about 10 billion dollars a year. But would only cost the 20 wealthiest nations on Earth about 500 million dollars a year each on average. That's a small price to pay for the wealthiest nations on Earth, IMO, in order to help save the wild life on our planet while also employing people and helping them to improve their lives.

Raymond Vagell said...

I kinda agree but with international policies and civil wars sometimes a utopian dream will only be a dream.

Also, wealthy nations tend to have a one track mind and it always end with "what can I get for this?".

Marcel F. Williams said...

Wealthy nations tend to care more about protecting the wildlife of other nations than they actually do about the people. But $500 million a year per nation cost a lot less than a war. The US is currently spending over $100 billion a year in that black hole called Iraq.

So I don't think of an International Conservation Corp as a Utopia but as money simply well spent. We in the wealthy nations would get what we want, the protection of the environment. And the locals would get what they want: a job, cleaning up and protecting their own environment, and a free education.