African Villagers Use Satellite Data to Help Save Wild Chimpanzees


A century ago, an estimated two million wild chimpanzees thrived in the dense forests of central Africa. But steady human encroachment into chimp territory, along with poaching, has caused the population to dwindle to a quarter of its historic size, with under 345,000 projected to be left in their native habitats today.

By Becky Ferreira | MOTHERBOARD

Given that chimpanzees are a keystone species and the closest extant relative to humans, their rapid decline in the wild has sparked widespread concern. In response, NASA and the Jane Goodall Institute partnered on a project that aims to use space-down views of chimpanzee habitats to guide local activists involved in conservation. The early results of this ongoing collaboration were recently in this short documentary.

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