With thousands of humans dead in West Africa from the scourge of ebola, it is perhaps understandable that the cost to animals has gone unremarked. However, according to a new report, ebola has killed a full thirty-three percent of gorillas and chimpanzees in the region over the last twenty-five years. The death rate among the apes is even higher than in humans, with 95% of infected gorillas dying.
“A year ago, one research team made significant progress on finding an Ebola vaccine for chimpanzees, yet once the disease started spreading amongst humans again, the researchers diverted their attention. Given the extent of the ape plague, perhaps it’s time to allocate some resources back to protecting the animals, as well. As Sophie Muset of the Jane Goodall Institute points out, “If you want a healthy ecosystem, the more you have to invest in health for wildlife and humans… because really, it all works together.”
I have no idea what can be done, but the crisis must at least be discussed.
was it the jitterbug perfume
she poured on my soul
— the fragrance of an everlasting kiss —
that keeps me staring
into the dark?
my neglected work
— lying angry like an abandoned maiden
scattered across my desk —
shivers with jealousy
as I part the curtains once more
and stare into that scented slice