US Fish & Wildlife Service Re-evaluates Split-Listing for Chimpanzees
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a status review to determine whether reclassifying all captive chimpanzees from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act is warranted. Currently, the chimpanzee is not endangered in its entirety. Captive populations are listed as threatened, with a special rule allowing activities otherwise prohibited by the Endangered Species Act. The USFWS requested scientific and commercial data and other information from the public, concerned governmental agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any other interested parties. The call for comments closed January 30, 2012.
The USFWS is now in the 12-month finding process where they will review the data they have collected along with the comments and materials provided by outside interested parties.