CHIMP PES­TI­CIDE ALARM

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Agenda -

Chim­panzees and ba­boons in Uganda are be­ing born with ab­nor­mal­i­ties, in­clud­ing limb de­for­mi­ties, cleft lips and re­pro­duc­tive prob­lems, that are be­ing caused by pesticides.

Wildlife in the north­ern area of Kibale Na­tional Park in western Uganda sur­vives close to in­ten­sive agri­cul­ture, and chimps and ba­boons are known to raid maize fields es­pe­cially.

Writ­ing in the jour­nal Science of the To­tal En­vi­ron­ment, re­searchers say sam­ples col­lected from 2014-16 showed pes­ti­cide lev­els in maize stems and seeds, soils and rivers close to chim­panzee ter­ri­tory ex­ceeded rec­om­mended lim­its, and this prob­a­bly led to the ab­nor­mal­i­ties they de­tected in 16 out of 66 in­di­vid­u­als in the area.

Pesticides are caus­ing ab­nor­mal­i­ties in Ugan­dan chimps.

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