Plight of the Chimps
Conservationists like Jane Goodall are doing everything they can to prevent chimpanzees from becoming extinct
Meet Oscar. He’s a young chimp learning about life in the Ivory Coast and Ugandan forests of Africa, and his adventures are documented in the Disneynature movie Chimpanzee, which opens in theaters on April 20.
“Chimpanzees are disappearing fast because their forest home is being destroyed—more than 10 million acres of African forest every year,” says Jane Goodall, a primatologist (someone who studies primates like chimpanzees, gorillas, and monkeys) for more than 50 years. Goodall’s main focus of study is on chimpanzees.
In the film’s opening week, Disneynature will donate 20 cents per ticket sold to the Jane Goodall Institute, an organization that protects chimpanzees, an endangered species.
Chimps are a species of great ape. Only five species remain— the gibbon and the orangutan in Asia and the chimpanzee, the bonobo, and the gorilla in Africa. All are endangered.
This bar graph shows the number of each type of ape (except gibbons because their numbers aren’t known) left in the wild. Use the information in the graph and article to answer these questions.