New report on 25 most endangered primates shows mankinds closest living relatives under threat around the world
Mankinds closest living relatives-the worlds apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates-face increasing peril from humans and some could soon disappear forever, according to a report released today by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN-The World Conservation Unions Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI).
Primates in Peril: The Worlds 25 Most Endangered Primates-2004-2006 reveals that 25 percent-or one in four-of the 625 primate species and subspecies are at risk of extinction. The report compiled by more than 50 experts from 16 countries cites deforestation, commercial bushmeat hunting, and the illegal animal trade as the primary threats, and warns that failure to respond will bring the first primate extinctions in more than a century.
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