Western chimpanzee - Population & Distribution


Remaining habitat is patchy

Previous Population and Distribution
The western chimpanzee (P. t. verus) once occurred in 13 countries from southern Senegal eastwards as far as the Niger River in central Nigeria.

Current Population and Distribution

Today, the largest remaining population is found in Côte D'Ivoire, with smaller populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, and Liberia. Only relict populations are found in Mali, Ghana, and Senegal, and the subspecies is extinct in the wild in Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin, and possibly Togo. Its distribution is extremely patchy, reflecting the fragmentation of its habitat. The total population of western chimpanzee is thought to be between about 21,000 and 55,000 individuals.


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