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Conservation efforts that have seen an increase in population of Kipunji monkeys in Tanzania

A census conducted recently shows that the population of the kipunji monkey (Rungwecebus kipunji) in Tanzania’s Southern Highlands has increased by 65%, while signs of human impacts in its habitat decreased by 81%, over a 13-year period.
The increase follows 20 years of intensive holistic conservation efforts by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Tanzanian government partners, including greater legal protection for forests and community engagement.
The total population size of the kipunji is estimated at 1,966 individuals in two subpopulations, and the species is classified by the IUCN as endangered.
The kipunji has been on the Primates in Peril list of 25 most endangered primates three times: in 2006-2008, 2008-2010, and 2018-2020, but was not on the most recent list.



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  • zelda ninga

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    This is good news.

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

      48 w

      Great news

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      • Marine Stephan

        48 w

        This is a great achievement! I love reading this type of news

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        • George Kariuki

          48 w

          Let's keep at it. We need more efforts like this.

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          • Peter Karanga

            48 w

            the Kipunji monkey population in Tanzania has shown steady improvement in recent years.

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            • johnte ndeto

              48 w

              Humans should keep off the animals habitats

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              • Grace Njeri

                48 w

                @johnte_ndeto Sure. Extracting wildlife from its natural habitat inevitably leads to disastrous results.

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              • Daniel Waweru

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                This is impressive news to read through, a true sign of how fruitful conservation measures can be. the conservation efforts for forests are really heroic, we should strive to preserve the environment inorder to be able to see such and more great results

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                49 w

                Great efforts

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                • Markus Lutteman

                  49 w

                  Wonderful!

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                  • walter lungayi

                    49 w

                    That's great news. All species should be protected with same conservation measures

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                    • rosebellendiritu

                      49 w

                      Sounds great, can see how human impact can affect the livelihood of other animals

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                      • Sarah Chabane

                        49 w

                        Fantastic! Let's support conservation efforts for vulnerable species

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                        • mercy nduta

                          48 w

                          @sarah_chabane Very crucial for the preservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            48 w

                            @sarah_chabane i agree let's protect them before they become extinct

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                          • Hilda Wangui

                            49 w

                            Impressive effort

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                            • Tabitha Kimani

                              49 w

                              Commendable efforts.

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                              • Annett Michuki..

                                49 w

                                Amazing

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                                • Kevin

                                  49 w

                                  Incredible news

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                                  • winnie nguru

                                    49 w

                                    good news!

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