Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Planet Without Apes? Count Me Out!

One possible interpretation of the way things are.

As any regular reader of this blog knows, I'm a huge ape advocate.  In fact, the huger the ape, the huger the advocate I am, until we reach the largest of the apes: the sasquatch.  

Ironically, the most threatening thing to the apes is another of its clade.  We humans (also undeniably classified as apes) are the clearest threat to the ape species.  Deforestation, pollution, and the almost-cannibalistic tendency to enjoy "brush meat" are the other apes' biggest threats.  

Except for maybe eating the species, all of the above could eventually threaten the survival of the sasquatch species.  So when an article like the following one is published, I tend to take notice and want to share.  

Sure, bigfoots aren't gorillas, chimps, or even orangs.  Duh, I know that.  But they are affected by the same things that the other ape species are affected by, and for many of the same reasons (such as life span and birth rate, to name a couple).  Just because bigfoots are a little unusual as far as apes go, it doesn't mean that they are immune to the same negative influences.  

How much of this article is pertinent to sasquatches?  Quite a bit, in my opinion.  Please read the following, but keep the big guys in mind.  

Planet Without Apes?
Craig Stanford

The seven billion of us on the planet today share our world with the last remaining great apes. The chimpanzee, bonobo and gorilla in equatorial Africa, and the orangutan in Indonesia represent the last surviving tips of what was once a great lineage that dominated Earth's ecosystem for millions of years. But in the 21st century, they are in terrible trouble, in free fall toward extinction. It is highly possible that well before the century's end, one or more of the great ape species will hang on only in pathetically tiny numbers in protected wildlife sanctuaries.

The threats faced by great apes are many. They are hunted for meat in central and western Africa. Gorillas have died by the thousands in central Africa from outbreaks of ebola and other emerging viruses. Their forest homes are cut down to make way for farms, plantations and villages. In the west, there is a movement -- still debated in the United States -- to declare some basic form of human rights protection for the great apes, because they are genetically, psychologically and emotionally so much like us. Meanwhile, in their natural habitat they continue to decline.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

1 comment:

  1. Great article Cliff. Awfully sad to think of the conditions some of our next of kin may be dealing with. On a positive note,IMO,I don't foresee BFs having some of the same issues,,at least in our part of the world. They been doing pretty good for a while,and they may be here and doing a-ok when mankind is gone.