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Primates in Peril: Half of our Closest Living Relatives are on the Brink of Extinction Around the World

By The Daily Mail

  • Scientists released a new report on the world's most endangered primates

  • The Hainan gibbon in China has just 25 individuals remaining in the wild

  • There are just 50 Northern sportive lemur left living in Madagascar

  • Scientists warn new efforts are needed to save many of these species

They are our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom, yet more than half of the world's primates are facing extinction due to our destruction of the habitats where they live. 

Burning and clearing of large areas of tropical forest, combined with hunting of primates for food and illegal wildlife trade, has placed many species of apes, lemurs and monkeys at risk of dying out.

 

These include iconic species such as the Sumatran orangutan, Grauer's gorilla, the Northern brown howler monkey and the Hainan gibbon.

Scientists and conservation experts have now updated a report on the world's 25 most endangered primates based on the current knowledge of the animals numbers and the risks facing them.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, a primatologist and director of conservation at Bristol Zoological Society who helped compile the list, said: 'This research highlights the extent of the danger facing many of the world's primates.

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