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Great ape habitat in Africa has dramatically declined

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Great apes, such as gorillas, chimps and bonobos, are running out of places to live, say scientists. They have recorded a dramatic decline in the amount of habitat suitable for great apes, according to the first such survey across the African continent. Eastern gorillas, the largest living primate, have lost more than half their habitat since the early 1990s. Cross River gorillas, chimps and bonobos have also suffered significant losses, according to the study. 'The situation is very dramatic, many of the ape populations we still find today will disappear in the near future,' Dr Kuehl told BBC Nature. 'In an increasingly crowding world with demand for space, wood, mineral resources and meat, apes will continue to disappear. 'Without a fundamental change in perception of how precious apes and their habitats are the current situation will not improve.'

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