Take care of primates or something deadlier than HIV, Ebola ‘ll ravage Nigeria — FUTA don


By Oboh Agbonkhese
Life-threatening diseases such as HIV, Ebola and Monkey Pox may be mild compared to other diseases outbreak that may occur if adequate expertise is not applied to conservation and management of wild primate.

This warning was given by a Professor of Primate Community Ecology, George Ogunjemite, while delivering the 92nd inaugural lecture at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, on the topic Monkeys and Apes: Man in Its Reminiscence.

Professor Ogunjemite said man must handle primates and other mammals in his environment with utmost care to maintain quality of life and the peaceful co-existence of all living things and prevent catastrophic diseases and plaques that can debilitate the human race.

Similarities with humans
According to him, the remarkable genetic and physiological similarities between chimpanzee and humans explain why they may be easily…

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