Falémé Chimpanzee Conservation began working in Senegal in 2010 studying and monitoring West African chimpanzees living in a human dominated ecosystem.
The FCC focuses on the Falémé region of Senegal where gold attracts open-pit mining by local artisanal mining activities as well as multinational corporations. Mining activities, small and large-scale, are associated with increased human populations, increased hunting to feed the mining population, and overall land degradation. The recent boom in mining activity compounds existing pressures on the environment including wide-spread bush fires, tree cutting by pastoralists, and increasing human settlements and cultivation.
Our projects goals are to protect local chimpanzee populations while understanding their relationship with human neighbors, and to encourage community awareness of the impacts of human activities on the entire surrounding habitat. The FCC project has been recognized as a World Association of Zoos and Aquariums branded conservation project since 2011.
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