Democratic Republic of Congo

Chimpanzee conservation

Home to 35 – 40 % of all wild chimpanzees, the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have the largest chimpanzee population in Africa. The Congo basin forests have long been a stable habitat, but today they show the largest increase in deforestation rate across the chimpanzee range. The Jane Goodall Institute is working in the Eastern DRC and is coordinating the implementation of the Great Apes Conservation Action Plan in the Kahuzi-Biega, Maiko, Tayna and Itombwe Landscape. The landscape covers more than 260 000 km².

Activities include support of Community Reserves, school education and Roots & Shoots youth projects, improving livelihoods especially for girls and women, health and care projects and public awareness campaigns through billboards and radio spots.

In the DRC, there are many threats on chimpanzees and their habitats due to human activities. Those threats include habitat loss due to human demographic increase, illegal bushmeat, commercial hunting, artisanal mining, agriculture and logging for charcoal production.

The JGI works restlessly to restore chimpanzee habitats and stabilize populations across the landscape.

Do you want to know more about the link between illegal artisanal mining, chimpanzee conservation and e-waste? Discover and join JGI Belgium’s Recycle4Chimps campaign!

Photo credit: Sophie Muset/JGI Canada