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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates Review of the Chimpanzee’s Status

April Truitt August 31, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will initiate a status review to determine whether reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is warranted.

Currently, wild chimpanzees are listed as endangered, and captive chimpanzees are listed as threatened. Captive chimpanzees within the United States are covered by a special rule allowing activities otherwise prohibited by the ESA.

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