(FILES) This file photo taken on June 29, 2015 shows chimpanzees from Monkey Island, a celebrated colony of former research lab captives on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia. / AFP / Zoom DOSSO
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Gorillas and chimpanzees may be twice as numerous in West Africa as previously thought, but the apes are still endangered, declining fast and in dire need of protection, an international study found Wednesday.Chimpanzees in the area are expected to number almost 129,000, up from earlier counts of 70,000 to 117,000 .Some 19.4 percent of the gorilla population was lost between 2005 and 2013, the report said.About 60 percent of all known gorillas and 43 percent of chimpanzees live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while Gabon is home to 27 percent of the gorilla population and 34 percent of chimpanzees.
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