Nigeria2018-11-22T12:01:24+00:00

The Nigeria – Cameroon chimpanzee is Africa’s most endangered subspecies of chimpanzee. Found only in the eastern and southwestern edges of Nigeria and the Nigeria Delta, the chimpanzees reside perilously close to farmlands, hunting zones or logging concessions, where they become vulnerable to poaching. The critically endangered Cross River gorilla, found along the southern section of the Nigeria-Cameroon border, is estimated to be less than 300 individuals, with a third of that number in Nigeria, and this population is highly fragmented. Due do its very small population and the numerous threats it faces, the Cross River gorilla is considered the most threatened ape in Africa. Both chimpanzees and gorillas face numerous threats in Nigeria, including hunting, deforestation and forest degradation, agricultural expansion due to palm oil plantations, and the installation of agriculture and road infrastructures

GREAT APES DISTRIBUTION IN NIGERIA

KEY STATISTICS

SPECIES

GREAT APE POPULATIONS

  • Nigeria – Cameroon chimpanzee: 730-2,095
  • Cross River gorilla: 85-115

AREA

923,768 km2

THREATS

  • Human Encroachment
  • Deforestation
  • Poaching

HUMAN POPULATION

195.9 million