The Last Chimpanzees in Ghana’s Eastern Corridor
In a 2-minute video narrative posted on our Facebook page, one of Herp-Ghana’s eco-guards (Geoffrey) narrates his account of the cruel killing of what could possibly be the last two remaining chimpanzees in eastern Ghana.
Chimpanzees have a sense of morality that is similar to humans according to a study carried out at the University of Zurich. For example if a chimpanzee sees a baby chimp being harmed or killed by another chimpanzee, it reacts with indignation and anger. They know how to smile, wage war, shop and remember things for a very longtime (https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/eight-striking-similarities-between-humans-and-chimpanzees/)
Unfortunately, chimpanzees are in trouble worldwide. In just 30-years, the number of chimps has reduced by 75%. Populations in Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso are already extinct. Only a few chimpanzees may still exist here in Ghana.
Fortunately, Geoffrey’s (Herp-Ghana’s, eco-guard) personal life story gives us all a lot of hope. He himself was a notorious hunter who has now have a change of heart, abandoned his hunting career and now works with our non-profit conservation organization (Herp Conservation Ghana) to protect the same wildlife he used to hunt- Thanks to Herp-Ghana’s innovative behavior change campaigns in rural communities in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Follow this link https://www.facebook.com/herpghana/videos/1996620493974052/ to watch the video