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5 of the Most World’s Most Endangered Primates (Slideshow)

5 of the Most World’s Most Endangered Primates (Slideshow)
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At a meeting earlier this week of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity COP11, conservationists revealed a list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates. A complete report, Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2012-2014 is available as a pdf file. It’s a depressing read.

Out of the 25, the most (six) are from Madagascar; five are from Vietnam. Their numbers are threatened due to the loss of their habitats (especially of forests), the seemingly unstoppable global black market in exotic wildlife and the threats posed by hunters and poachers (who sometimes hunt them to use parts of their anatomy in traditional Asian medicine).

Currently, 54 percent of the world’s 633 primate species and subspecies are classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Head of Research at the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation (BCSF), underscores the role of humans in putting primates into peril, in Science Daily: “Once again, this report shows that the world’s primates are under increasing threat from human activities. Whilst we haven’t lost any primate species yet during this century, some of them are in very dire straits.”

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1. The heavily hunted Red-Ruffled Lemur (Varecia rubra) of Madagascar is the first lemur threatened by the degraded forest.

Photo by jinterwas

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Photo of the Northwest Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) by Tim Sträter

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7:54AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Very sad news.

1:07PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:15AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

The problem is with many endangered species, they cannot be kept nor bred in captivity. The proboscis monkey is one of them. Sumatran rhinos have hardily bred in captivity, so this the reason why conservation must be enacted, to save their ecosystems and their wild populations.

11:48PM PST on Nov 8, 2012


4:12PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

sad news but thanks for sharing

7:20AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

wow. how very sad

8:37PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Whenever I see an animal that is not very familiar to me, I wonder.......
What do they know, that we don't?

5:09PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

12:23PM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

People need to start respecting animals' right to life - that includes not only refraining from slaughtering animals directly, but also allowing them to keep their natural habitats. Please avoid palm oil in everything you buy - and if you do buy something that contains palm oil please only buy sustainable palm oil. The industry is depleting the Indonesian rainforest at an alarming rate with no regard for the many species whose survival is dependant on it.

11:01AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Until something is done about HUMAN overpopulation, we will continue to see habitat destruction, exotic animal trade, etc.with extinctions on a mass scale. Nature is losing against humans, but once we lose nature, we will have NOTHING. Too many greedy, evil men have control of the planet, yet if more of the masses were to stand up against this tyranny that continues to rape the planet, maybe we will have a chance. Otherwise, it will only escalate to the point of no return. Our planet cannot continue to sustain the current and increasing HUMAN population. When will action be taken to save nature?! It looks like it won't be done in time. May the universe forgive our greed and exploitation. We are responsible for this planet's and ALL its inhabitants' demise...

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