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60% of primate species are facing extinction

By T.K. Randall
January 18, 2017 · Comment icon 4 comments

There is still a chance that we can save many of the world's primates. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.6 Kabir
A worrying new study has shown just how vulnerable many of the world's primate species actually are.
The research, which involved an international team of 30 scientists, discovered that out of around 500 different primate species, 60% were in danger of disappearing forever.

The findings also revealed that up to 75% of primate species had declining populations.
"Forests are destroyed when primate habitat is converted to industrial agriculture, leaving primates with nowhere to live," said Professor Jo Setchell from Durham University.

"And primates are hunted for meat and trade, either as pets or as body parts. The short answer is that we must reduce human domination of the planet, and learn to share space with other species."

"We need to raise local, regional and global public awareness of the plight of the world's primates and what this means for ecosystem health, human culture, and ultimately human survival."

Source: BBC News | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Dark_Grey 6 years ago
Within 100 years, Zoos won't just be for entertainment, they'll be preservations.
Comment icon #2 Posted by yvrlaw 6 years ago
Makes one embarassed to be a member of the our our Homo Sapiens species
Comment icon #3 Posted by highdesert50 6 years ago
There is a primate that will survive, perhaps a little longer than the endangered, because it has foresight. It is unfortunately more interested in immediate self-gratification than in recognizing its ability to bring about miraculous change.
Comment icon #4 Posted by taniwha 6 years ago
Soon the only place you'll see a human will be a display inside a museum

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