Hunter kills an entire family of chimpanzees in Delta State

A hunter who went on shooting spree, reportedly killed an entire family of chimpanzees along Urhuakpa road, Gana, Sapele, Delta State. 

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Recall that few months ago, a hunter also killed a male gorilla in same Urhuakpa Gana in Sapele, Delta State. The hunter displayed the killed animal publicly, as amused people came out in droves to watch.In no time, the animal transited into the cooking pot as it was butchered into pieces for the next meal.

Some Nigerians on social media however, criticized the killing of the endangered specie of animal, which they feel should be protected from going extinct.

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Endangered animals are species that are seriously at risk of extinction. They are categorized as likely to become extinct. Endangered (EN), as categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Nigeria contains portions of the Savannas, Gulf of Guinea Rivers, Coastal Forests, Coast Mangroves and others that house a lot of animals. The following are some animals in that are rated as Endangered (EN) or Vulnerable (VU) as contains in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.

Endangered Nigerian Species

  • Chimpanzees

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees is a subspecies of the common chimpanzee which inhabits the rainforests along the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.

Scientists say the Nigeria-Cameroon subspecies is amongst the most endangered of the chimpanzees, humanity’s closest living relative, which lives only in Africa.

  • Crested Genet 

This is a genet species endemic to Nigeria and Cameroon. As the population has declined due to loss of habitat, it is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. Wikipedia

Crested Genet is listed as Vulnerable based on a total population containing ca. 7,000 mature individuals (roughly estimated based on a range area of ca 100,000 km², an average population density highly unlikely to exceed one individual/10 km², and a proportion of mature individuals of 67%) and the likelihood that the species underwent a population decline of at least 10% over the last 12 years (assuming a generation length of four years) because of habitat loss coupled with the impacts of hunting in its range.

  • Dama Gazelle

These animals roamfrom one placeto another to find enough vegetation and water to survive. They migrate seasonally, forming larger groups of several hundred, in which they move north into the Sahara desert at the start of the rainy season and back south into the Sahel for the dry season. They feed on acacia, bush leaves and grasses, and may stand on their hind legs to reach higher foliage. Dama gazelles are preyed upon by cheetahs, Cape hunting dogs, lions, leopards, hyenas and others.

  • Giant African Water Shrew

This is a semiaquatic, carnivorous tenrec. It is found in the main rainforest block of central Africa from Nigeria to Zambia.

  • Cross River Gorilla

This is the most western and northern form of gorilla, and is restricted to the forested hills and mountains of the Cameroon-Nigeria border region at the headwaters of the Cross River. It is threatened by human hunting pressure and competition over habitat.

This subspecies of the western gorilla is very similar in appearance to the more numerous western lowland gorilla, but subtle differences can be found in the skull and tooth dimensions. These animals are going extinct because of poaching and it has a detrimental effect on the population of the animal.

It is estimated that only 100 Cross River gorillas survive in Nigeria today, with an additional 200 in the adjacent forest of Cameroon. The reason is widespread hunting for the bush meat trade.

  • Hartwig’s Soft-furred Mouse

This is a specie of rodent from the Muridae family. It is found only in Nigeria and Cameroon. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and is threatened by habitat loss.

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  1. This man is literally a murderer…… Why on earth did he kill’em becos I know quite well that chimpanzees are not edible so wats with the inhumane act? you did it to be applauded right?? Well done ooo more grease to ur elbow…..u re a fan of wildlife extinction

  2. Mental illness in different ways. He’s very wrong in doing this knowing that these animals are close to human being and can be very important for science experiment.

  3. Did he want to eat them? If it was over there in a civilize country, he would have been charge to court or fine for such act.

  4. So this blog went from telling us about some chimpanzees that were killed to lecturing us about list of animals that are likely to go extinct… All these bloggers… They just want to write, most times they end up writing off topic… Nigerian bloggers I hail oh

  5. He is a senseless shit’ ole! How will he fee if his family is wiped out. Arrest the idiot to serve as a warning to other ewu like him.

  6. Wait ohhh work even dey self when he worn take provide for himself and his family,all might fall down to bad government policies or is it a crime to go hunting in Niger,abi make he go Robb .

  7. This is the problem with some of us Africans.Why should a man get so greedy to point of killing all these chimpanzees,both old and young?.What is wrong with some people.Why expose such level of ignorance and illiteracy to the world.This is a specie that needs to be preserved from extinction.This stupid fellow need to be brought to book.

  8. The way we go about ,destroying our wildlife is alarming because at this rate, we will soon be forced to be showing the next generation what wildlife looked like through textbooks and electronics medias .
    SAVE OUR WILDLIFE regulate the killings .

  9. Where is the wildlife preservation scheme or game reserve? In fact in foreign land/country, that man is due for prison even for killing a single one of it. We have no policy in Nigeria only grey headed politicians and looters

  10. This is so sad, not only are humans not safe in Nigeria, it is not safe to even be an animal. Anybody that eats these animals that have more than 95% DNA as human will surely eat a human being if given the opportunity. This is wickedness at its peak and this hunter needs to be arrested.

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