Great apes
Apes are the closest relatives to humans in the animal world, sharing more than 96% of their DNA with us. The great apes, including gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans are now in danger of extinction. Poachers shoot them, smugglers sell their babies as exotic pets, illegal loggers destroy the rain forests where they live, and civil wars drive them from their habitat. Along with elephants, apes are regarded as the “gardeners of the forests” by spreading seeds and pruning branches. Today, there are believed to be about 400,000 great apes in Africa and Asia, compared to many millions in the 19th century. These species will become extinct within the next 15-20 years if action is not taken to halt their decline. Advocates say ape habitat must be protected, law enforcement must be given more resources to prevent smuggling, and countries inhabited by apes should be encouraged to regard them as an asset, making them the center of their tourism industries.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.335 - Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2015

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