The aim of the WCF is to enhance the survival of the remaining wild chimpanzee populations and their habitat, the tropical rain forest, throughout tropical Africa. We hope to reach this goal for 20-25’000 chimpanzees in the 17 countries in which they still exist in fairly intact habitat and to cover thereby the behavioral diversity of the species, still widely unknown today.
- To protect such a “flag-ship species” in its forest habitat enhances also protection of other endangered fauna and particularly the highly endangered rain forest.
- Maintaining the tropical forest cover is a condition for guaranteeing the seasonal rainfalls. They are crucial for the human populations and their crop plantations.
- Protecting the chimpanzee means guaranteeing the survival of the living link to our own prehistory concerning questions about the human evolution.