Project Primate Inc.
Who We Are
Project Primate, Inc. is a United States 501C (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of chimpanzees in West Africa and around the world. The ultimate goal of Project Primate, Inc is to support the “Centre de Conservation pour Chimpanzés” in maintaining a viable, self-sustaining population within the PNHN by ensuring long term protection of the park, by enhancing the genetic diversity of the Pan troglodytes verus population within the park, and by promoting conservation awareness locally and nationwide in the USA.
Project Primate Inc has recently found its voice in Seattle with two of its volunteers Lissa Ongman and Franny McGill. With the help of President Estelle Raballand and Projet Primates France pals they are now spreading the word about the Chimpanzee Conservation Center and their work in Guinea throughout the Northwest.
This goal is achieved through:
- Ensuring long-term protection of the PNHN
- Enhancing the genetic diversity of the (Pan troglodytes versus) population within the PNHN
- Promoting conservation awareness locally, in Guinea and nationwide within the USA
Why Does it Matter ?
The trend in population decline in the Western subspecies of chimpanzee is quite alarming. The population size of wild chimpanzees in Cote d’Ivoire has declined by nearly 90% in 18 years, falling from an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 individuals in 1990 to 1,800 in 2008 (Campbell et al. 2008). Although last surveyed in 1998, the Republic of Guinea, neighboring Cote d’Ivoire, is considered today as the last stronghold for the P. t. verus subspecies, numbering approximately 17,582 (8,113-29,011) individuals nationwide (Ham, 1998). The “Parc National du Haut Niger”, with strictly protected areas covering 5,500 km2 and the entire area exceeding 100,000 km2, was recognized in 2002 as one of seven top priority sites for chimpanzee conservation in West Africa (Kormos et al, 2003). The PNHN was recognized in 2004 as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. In view of recent dramatic declines in chimpanzee numbers in Cote d’Ivoire, the PNHN is now more than ever one of the last remaining non-fragmented legally protected areas harboring a viable population of chimpanzees in West Africa. Its long term protection is thus vital for the future of chimpanzees in West Africa.
Many species of large mammals throughout Africa are threatened with extinction due to the destruction of their habitat and unsustainable levels of hunting and capture. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is no exception, and all four subspecies are listed as endangered in the IUCN 2008 Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN, 2008). The West African subspecies (P. t. verus) is the second most threatened of the four (Butynski, 2000; Lee et al., 1988; IUCN, 2008).
How to Get Involved
Please visit our Help Us page to discover the many ways to get involved and support the Chimpanzee Conservation Center’s work!
Project Primate, Inc. is a United States 501C (3) not-for-profit organization.