Oil palm development poses a threat to African apes

Although many people are aware of the impact of oil palm development on orang-utans there is much less awareness of its potential impact on African ape species. In a new paper we highlight the potential threat of large-scale industrial oil palm development on African great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and bonobos). It is published in Current Biology.

Oil palm development in Africa

A Statement from the Section on Great Apes (SGA) of the Primate Specialist Group

Oil palm development had a huge negative impact on biodiversity in SE Asia and some of its iconic species, like the orangutan. The SGA has written a position statement on this issue for Africa where bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas occur. Read more about this and download the statement here.