Central African Republic2018-11-23T19:14:32+00:00

Eastern chimpanzee and Western Lowland gorilla numbers in Central African Republic remain unknown due to the political and civil instability that make population surveys impossible. Chimpanzee habitat in southeastern Central African Republic has virtually disappeared due to human encroachment. Chimpanzees are now located in forests along the eastern border with South Sudan and Sudan, where the human population is very small. However, there is only one protected area in the region (Zemongo Faunal Reserve) and illegal travels of Sudanese poachers and armed militia are increasingly common, as well as poaching by shepherds and refugees from South Sudan.

GREAT APES DISTRIBUTION IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

KEY STATISTICS

SPECIES

GREAT APE POPULATIONS

  • Central Chimpanzee: Unknown
  • Eastern chimpanzee (total population in  DR Congo, Central African Republic, and  South Sudan): 170,000-250,000 (est)
  • Western Lowland gorilla: Unknown

AREA

622,984 km2

THREATS

  • Human encroachment
  • Deforestation
  • Mining
  • Poaching / bushmeat
  • Civil unrest

HUMAN POPULATION

4.7 million