World’s 25 most endangered primates revealed
The latest edition of ‘Primates in Peril: The world’s 25 most endangered primates’ has been revealed today. Compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC), Bristol Zoological Society, the International Primatological Society (IPS), and Conservation International (CI), new additions to the list include Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) and Lavasoa Mountains Dwarf Lemur (Cheirogaleus lavasoensis), both of which are threatened by habitat loss
The report, which is updated every two years, highlights the plight of 25 species including the Hainan Gibbon (Nomascus hainanus), of which there are thought to be just 25 individuals left in the wild, and the Northern Sportive Lemurs (Lepilemur septentrionalis) of which just around 50 remain in their native Madagascar.
The main threats to primates are habitat destruction, particularly from the burning and clearing of tropical forests – which results in the release of greenhouse gases causing climate change – the hunting of primates for food, and the illegal wildlife trade.
“The world’s primate species are at great risk with more than half of the species threatened with extinction on The IUCN Red List,” says Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. “We are currently re-assessing all primates and there is great concern that the situation may be getting even worse for many of these iconic and important species. Locally implemented projects to protect the Northern Sportive Lemur and Alaotra Gentle Lemur were announced in October by SOS – Save Our Species – an initiative managed by IUCN, yet much remains to be done for other species.”
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