Hunting, disease, logging and demand for biofuels cited among prime threats
David Adam, environment correspondent
Thursday May 31, 2007
A female mountain gorilla in Uganda. Photograph: Stuart Price/AFP/Getty
One of the world’s most prominent conservation experts yesterday issued a rallying cry to save the great apes, man’s closest biological cousins, which are under serious threat of extinction.Richard Leakey, former head of the Kenya wildlife service and now chair of Wildlife Direct, said apes across the world faced unprecedented threats from the combined effects of hunting, disease and logging. And he said efforts to tackle global warming through the use of biofuels could cause more damage to ape populations because of pressure to chop down their tropical forest homes.