Burundi hosts small populations of chimpanzees in protected areas such as Kibira National Park, which is next to Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park. Smaller populations of chimpanzees are also found in the protected forestry areas of Bururi, Rumonge and Vyanda, in the south of the country. Civil unrest since the early 1990s has made it difficult to allocate resources for the management of these protected areas. Forests also served as places where rebel groups could seek refuge and meet. Although poaching has impacted many species of wildlife, chimpanzees seem to have been spared during the civil war period.
GREAT APES DISTRIBUTION IN BURUNDI
GREAT APE POPULATIONS
- Eastern chimpanzee 204 (122-339)
- Human encroachment