Burundi is a vibrant nation with rich cultural traditions like art, dance, music, and handicrafts. Nestled between Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it’s the fifth smallest country by area in continental Africa. It’s also the second most densely populated and has the lowest GDP per capita. This, together with its political history and past conflicts, has pushed Burundi’s chimpanzee population to the brink.
Demand for land in Burundi is high. More than 90% of Burundian’s livelihoods depend on subsistence farming, yet their overall agricultural productivity remains low. All but a few patches of once abundant forest have been cleared and converted to farmland. These small, isolated forest fragments, along with Kibira National Park in the north, are the last remaining bastions for Burundi’s 400 chimpanzees.