The Great Ape Heart Project is a multi-institutional collaboration that seeks to understand, diagnose, and treat cardiac disease across all four non-human great ape taxa (gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos).Western lowland gorillas
are critically endangered, with approximately 100,000 remaining in the wild.
currently number only around 6,500 individuals and could be extinct in the wild in as little as five years. Bornean orangutans are less endangered than Sumatran orangutans, numbering around 45,000 individuals, but could be extinct in the wild within 10 years.
Estimates range from 10,000 - 20,000 bonobos
left in the wild. Their population is decreasing due to threats like poaching, civil unrest, and habitat loss.Chimpanzees
are our closest living relative, yet the apes have suffered much at human hands. Chimps are endangered due to threats like the bushmeat crisis and habitat destruction.#WorldWildlifeDay #greatapes #conservation