of World Chimpanzee Day
ABOUT WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY
In honor of humankind’s closest living relative, World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration of an extraordinary species: chimpanzees!
July 14 has long been a special occasion being the day in 1960 when Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE started her trailblazing research on the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Over the last half-decade we've made it extra special by marking World Chimpanzee Day on this day every year. This year, like every year, is a day of celebration - of chimpanzees and of our collective impact to help save them.
Today, we carry the torch. The founding organizations of World Chimpanzee Day aim to empower communities everywhere to take action on behalf of chimpanzees to ensure a secure and hopeful future for this magnificent species.
Join us in celebrating World Chimpanzee Day on July 14!
Background - Why WORLD CHIMPANZEE DAY
On July 14th, and every day, we celebrate this unique and vital species. Just like us like no other.
Goals of World Chimpanzee Day:
Through the groundbreaking research of Dr. Jane Goodall and the scientists who followed her, we now know so much more about the many behaviors, traits, and ecologies that make chimpanzees one-of-a-kind. Dr. Goodall was one of the first to share her observations that chimpanzees make and use tools, have a complex communication system and social structures, and can be altruistic. The more we learn, the more we realize how important it is that we celebrate our connection to these complex and intelligent beings
Chimpanzees are highly endangered. One hundred years ago, there were an estimated 1-2 million chimpanzees across twenty-five countries in Africa. Today, there are as few as 350,000 wild (high estimate) chimpanzees across the continent of Africa. We must each do our part to turn those numbers around. Together, by providing holistic solutions to end habitat loss, illegal wildlife crime, and disease transmission, we can give chimpanzees a fighting chance.
Caring for Chimpanzees
Chimpanzees are kept in captivity in a variety of settings including biomedical research, the entertainment industry, as illegal “pets” or in roadside “zoos.” In these environments, they are deprived of essential physical, emotional, and especially social needs. This observance aims to educate the public and promote legislation to end these conditions, support facilities showcasing the best in captive welfare, and increase the welfare and rights of all chimpanzees.
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