Every Year on July 14, World Chimpanzees Day is celebrated. It aims to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection and conservation, and captivity.

July 14, 1960, was the day to study the wild Chimpanzees; Dr Jane Goodall first stepped foot in Gombe Stream National Park. Dr Goodall called attention to the remarkable chimpanzee and, to this day, six decades latterly, advocates on their behalf.

The founding association for World Chimpanzees Day aim to empower communities far and wide to take action on behalf of the chimpanzees.

In their niche in the forest of Central Africa, the Chimpanzees spend the utmost of their time in the treetops. When they come down to earth, chimps usually travel on all fours, though they can walk on their legs like a mortal.

Goals of World Chimpanzee Day:

l  Celebrate our closest living relative in the animal kingdom.

l  Educate global audiences about their uniqueness, their value as a species, and their importance in maintaining the ecosystem.

l  Raise awareness and take action about the threats they face in the wild, including habitat loss, disease and wildlife trafficking.

l  In captive situations, promote their proper care.

Conservation of Chimpanzee:

Chimpanzees are highly endangered species. According to the report, one hundred years ago, there were about 1 to 2 million chimpanzees across the twenty-five countries in Africa. Today, as few as 350,000 high estimate chimpanzees across the continents of Africa. Providing holistic solutions to end habitat loss, illegal wildlife hunting, and transmission of disease, which can give the chimpanzees a fighting chance.

Facts about Chimpanzees:

l  Chimpanzees have a unique form of communication using declamation or vocalization. One is called a “pant-hoot”, a chat with each chimpanzee used to say “hello”.

l  They learn from each other and develop their societies.

l  They are known as “architects of the forest” because Chimpanzees play a vital role in their ecosystems as the seed disperses.

About the Author: Aqsa Abid has completed her BS in Environmental Sciences from GCWUS. She is a green blogger and a climate activist.