is an endangered great ape and one of the two species making up the genus Pan; the other is Pan troglodytes, or the common chimpanzee.
There is no concrete data on population numbers, but the estimate is between 29,500 and 50,000 individuals.
The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and movement, though commercial poaching is the most prominent threat.
Investigators are still trying to gauge the mother’s complicity, though she appears to have been a victim as well.
Given that there’s little disputing the veracity or import of the webcam footage, the father’s attorney, Mathieu Montfort, has instead tried to downplay the frequency of such attacks: “There was a period when he was unemployed and in the middle of a divorce,” he was quoted as saying.
However, Pan fossils have now been reported from Kenya.
This would indicate that both humans and members of the Pan clade were present in the East African Rift Valley during the Middle Pleistocene.
(190,000 sq mi) area of the Congo Basin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central Africa.
The species is omnivorous and inhabits primary and secondary forests, including seasonally inundated swamp forests.
Fossils of Pan species were not described until 2005.
Existing chimpanzee populations in West and Central Africa do not overlap with the major human fossil sites in East Africa.
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