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Chimpanzees at the crossroads: Adapt to living outside protected areas

Source: University of Kent

Research carried out into the impact of changes to chimpanzee habitats found they have adapted to human developments in a number of ways, including learning how to cross roads safely and the best times to visit human habitats, but their survival is still threatened.

Although chimpanzees living in fragmented habitats cross roads to move from one area to another of their home range and may approach human settlements, any further road widening, tarmacking or expansion and urbanization could significantly affect their distribution and abundance.

The research found that chimpanzees do not avoid areas frequented by people, possibly due to human tolerance and low levels of hunting in the study area, but they did not visit areas humans use at midday when human activity was more prevalent.


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