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chimpanzees; census; Uganda; hunting; habitat; farming; conflicts
There are nearly 5 000 chimpanzees living in Uganda, according to a recently completed census.
But continued hunting and human encroachment on their habitat could reduce that number, said scientists on Tuesday.
The census took four years to complete and was conducted in 22 forests in western Uganda by scientists and workers from the Jane Goodall Institute, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, said Derby Cox, the executive director of the institute's Ugandan branch.
Cox said the census was the first of its kind carried out in Uganda.
Earlier government estimates put the country's total chimpanzee population about four thousand, a marked difference from the 4 950 chimps counted in the census.
Cox said she did not think the difference represented a growth in the Ugandan chimpanzee population.
"The figure of four thousand was just a guess," she said...