The Next Generation's Champion of Chimps

06.15.2021 - By Overheard at National Geographic

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How do you calculate the number of chimpanzees living in the forests of Nigeria? If you’re National Geographic Explorer Rachel Ashegbofe, you listen carefully. After discovering that Nigerian chimpanzees are a genetically distinct population, Rachel began searching for their nests to study them more closely. Now she’s teaching her community how to be good neighbors to humans’ closest genetic relative—and potentially save them from extinction.
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Learn more about Rachel Ashegbofe’s work through the website for the South West/Niger Delta Forest Project.

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