Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee

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Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Pan
Species: P. troglodytes
Subspecies: P. t. ellioti
Trinomial name
Pan troglodytes ellioti

Pan troglodytes vellerosus

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) is a subspecies of the common chimpanzee which inhabits the rainforests along the border of Nigeria and Cameroon. Male Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees can weigh as much as 70 kilos with a body length of up to 1.2 metres and a height of 1.6 metres. Females are significantly smaller.[2]

The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee is recognised as the most threatened and least distributed of all the common chimpanzee subspecies, and without a dramatic change to human behaviour in the area, there is a likelihood of extinction in the coming decades.[3] A June 2008 report said the Edumanom Forest Reserve reserve was the last known site for chimpanzees in the Niger Delta.[4]


  1. ^ Oates, J.F., Dunn, A., Greengrass, E. & Morgan, B.J. (2008). Pan troglodytes ssp. ellioti. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  2. ^ Hof, Jutta; Sommer, Volker: Apes Like Us: Portraits of a Kinship, Edition Panorama , Mannheim 2010, ISBN 978-3-89823-435-1, p. 114.
  3. ^ "Chimpanzee Conservation - Cameroon". Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Nigeria biodiversity and tropical forestry assessment" (PDF). USAID. June 2008. p. 76. Retrieved 2010-09-18.