GRASP Welcomes U.S. Government Decision to Review Chimpanzee Status
Nairobi – The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) welcomed the United States government’s recent announcement it will re-examine the conservation status of captive chimpanzees, a decision that could close a controversial loophole that many believe hindered attempts to protect the apes.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) stated on August 31 that it has initiated a review of whether captive chimpanzees should be “up-listed” from the current “threatened” status to “endangered.”
Although chimpanzees are classified as “endangered” in the wild – and some sub-species have dwindled to just a few hundred in select regions – the estimated 2,150 chimpanzees in the U.S. are regarded differently because they were once needed for bio-medical experiments.