Chimpanzee are biologically recorded to be of the taxonomical genus Pan, which is part of the subfamily Homininae, to which humans also belong, The lineages of our cousins, chimpanzees and us humans separated in a drawn out process of formation of new and distinct species in the course of evolution roughly between twelve and five million years ago, making them humanity’s closest living relatives with a 99% identical DNA make up between us humans and chimpanzees.
In honor of humans’ closest cousin, World Chimpanzee Day is a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their conservation in the wild and in captivity. We humans therefore, need to engage our collective audiences and networks to spread the campaign, as we celebrate today’s first ever World Chimpanzee Day held on today July 14, 2018.
Why July 14, 2018 a World Chimpanzee Day to Celebrate.
July 14, 1960 is the day Dr. Jane Goodall first Courageously echoed himself out to the current day Gombe Stream National Park to study about the chimpanzees in the remote wilderness. Dr. Goodall called attention to the remarkable chimpanzees and to this day, six decades later, advocates on their behalf.
Goals of World Chimpanzee Day:
Celebrate humans’ closest cousin in the animal kingdom;
Raise awareness about threats they face in the wild including habitat loss, disease, and wildlife trafficking; and
Promote their proper care in captive situations.
The founding organizations for World Chimpanzee Day aim to empower communities everywhere to take action on behalf of chimpanzees to ensure a secure and hopeful future for this magnificent species