60 percent of primates sliding toward extinction

Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans – our great ape cousins teeter on the precipice of extinction. And it’s not much of a secret that we humans have had a lot to do with putting them there. According to a new study, 60 percent of primates – including drills and gibbons, lemurs and tarsiers, bush babies and spider monkeys – face the threat of extinction. Even those not in immediate danger of dying out are at risk, as the numbers of three-quarters of all primate species are trending downward. The researchers tabulated the threats, statuses and conservation efforts for primates in 90 countries across Central and South America, Asia, mainland Africa, and Madagascar.

— source news.mongabay.com


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