Over Half of Primate Species Facing Rapid Extinction

Chimps, Lemurs, Bonobos and Organgutans Among the Monkeys Endangered by the Uber Primate (See Your Mirror for Clarification)

First we eliminated Homo Erectus then we wiped out Homo Neanderthalensis. Now, over half of the world’s primates are in our sights, scheduled for imminent termination.

According to a new report published in Science Advances and compiled in part by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) data and others, the severely threatened species include gorillas, chimps, gibbons and bonobos. Quoted in the Guardian, Anthony Rylands, a researcher at Conservation International, said: “The scale of this is massive.” Rylands believes the world is about to face a large scale primate extinction event.

The report also shares the following statistics:
75% of all primate species are in steep decline
Madagascar: 87% of primate species face extinction
South America: 75%
Asia: 73%

The rapid decline of the planet’s primates is due to habitat destruction for agriculture and development, massive illegal and semi-legal mining and logging, and commercial hunting for bush meat in places such as Democratic Republic of Congo. In Africa, as many as 150,000 primates are slaughtered for food each year in Nigeria and Cameroon and in Borneo, between 2,000 and 3,000 orangutans are also killed.

The situation is particularly tragic in Sumatra where palm oil mega plantations are replacing forests and the orangutans who used to live in them. Likewise, expansion of rubber plantation in China and India the destruction of forests for oil palm plantations has driven severe declines in orangutan populations. In China and India, rubber plantations have nearly eliminated the Hainan gibbon. Approximately 30 animals remain.

Other severely threatened primates include the brown-headed spider monkey, chimpanzee, Western gorilla, Bornean orangutan, Siau Island tarsier, ring-tailed lemur. Bengal loris, the western hoolock gibbon and Phayre’s leaf monkey.

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