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Primate expert Jane Goodall fears that the chimps she studied for years at Tanzania's Gombe Park are perilously close to extinction, hit by habitat loss, inbreeding and disease
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The chimpanzees of Gombe, made famous by primate expert Jane Goodall, are in imminent danger of extinction.
In a stark warning to be published this week, Goodall says loss of habitat, and the threat to the animals of disease and inbreeding, are such severe dangers that the already depleted chimp population of Tanzania's Gombe National Park could soon be reduced to a few dozen animals. Such a devastating decline would leave them in a condition from which they would have no hope of recovery.
The prospect of losing Gombe's chimp population has horrified scientists, since research at the site transformed our knowledge of ourselves and our closest evolutionary cousins.
In the forthcoming issue of National Geographic, Goodall writes: 'The news coming out of Gombe is distressing. Growing human pressures on the park threaten the chimpanzees' very existence.'
Gombe was once part of a huge swathe of equatorial forest, on the western border of Tanzania. It provided Goodall...