A young chimpanzee whom I looked after at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. I wonder if he remembers seeing his mother murdered in front of him before he was taken from the forest..?

The number of chimpanzees in the wild has dropped steadily since 1960. At one time, over one million chimpanzees inhabited more than 25 countries in Africa. Now, scientists think that there are only 150,000 to 235,000 chimpanzees. Only six African countries have healthy wild breeding populations. Chimpanzee habitat has been destroyed to make farmland, to provide trees for the logging industry, and to build roads. Baby chimps are captured for the illegal pet trade.

Primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall estimates that for each baby chimp taken as a pet, ten other chimps are killed – one mother and several relatives killed protecting the baby. For every ten babies that take the journey oversees in a small closed crate, only one survives the journey. Do the math on that, and it is 100 dead chimps for each one that makes it to the foreign pet trade – alarm bells should be ringing, but sadly they aren’t ringing loudly or quickly enough



  • nannajul
    nannajulalmost 6 years ago

    This is another beautiful, but sad image Jane. The expression really does make me wonder – does he remember? What a nightmare for a baby to go through.

    I wrote this a number of years ago, and it hangs on some of the walls around LWC. It is one of my most popular written pieces oon Redbubble, and I would like to dedicate it to this little one.

    Dreaming of Freedom

    I remember that dreadful day in time
    A day when life was once, still mine
    I remember that day, like no other
    Snatched from the wild, away from my mother
    Bundled up, and placed in a crate
    What was to be, my terrible fate
    Cold and frightened, alone in the dark
    On a new journey, I did embark
    On arrival, I was put into clothes
    Uncomfortable shoes, confined my toes
    Put on display, for human pleasure
    To poke and prod me, at their leisure
    I was not meant to live, a life behind bars
    In the uppermost canopy, I could see stars
    The African rain forest’ s where I should be
    Living my life as a free chimpanzee

  • Thank you Jul. And your poem is beautiful too. Thank you for your dedication (in more ways than one…) xxx

    – ApeArt

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful photo

  • Thanks sheila

    – ApeArt

  • karenuk1969
    karenuk1969almost 6 years ago

    Stunning image, so human.

  • Thanks :)

    – ApeArt

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.almost 6 years ago

    A portrait full of emotion.

  • Thank you x

    – ApeArt

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 6 years ago

    fabulous shot jane, heartbreaking though,dawnx

  • thanks dawn x

    – ApeArt

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720almost 6 years ago

    It is really sad about all these animals.. makes me wonder why people do this… Great Capture and Sad story.. :))

  • I know what you mean, thank you :))

    – ApeArt

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 6 years ago

    what is wrong with mankind ! I could do with less of them an more animals xxx

  • I totally agree luv xxx

    – ApeArt

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful image sweetheart, and such a sad story. Beautiful baby. hugsxxx

  • Thank you darling xxx

    – ApeArt

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