Los bonobos son mis primates favoritos, y parece que la caza ilegal está acabando con ellos. Un estudio indica una cifra de ejemplares menor de la esperada.
Researchers from the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation and the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society have surveyed around a third of the 36,000-square-kilometre Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They did not see a single bonobo (Pan paniscus) in the flesh, and evidence from nests and dung suggests that the apes have become very scarce.
If the survey results represent a more general trend, there may be as few as 10,000 bonobos, also called pygmy chimpanzees, left in the wild, the researchers estimate. Experts had previously thought that there might be around 50,000 remaining.