The Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Mandrills in this section were photographed at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. All were rescued animals, mostly from poaching and the illegal bushmeat trade.
Apes and other wildlife are killed for their meat and body parts, which are used to make tourist ‘curios’ and traditional medicines.
‘Bushmeat’ used to have a low impact, but increased use of guns and the opening up of forest access routes has escalated the killing of apes for food for the international commercial market.
The IUCN1 Red List, which lists all rare species of animals, classes the Chimpanzee as ‘endangered’ and the Western Lowland Gorilla as ‘critically endangered’. This means the species both ‘face a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future’.