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Primates are the mammals that are humankind’s closest biological relatives. We share 98.4% of our DNA with chimpanzees. Apes, monkeys, and prosimians such as lorises, bush babies and lemurs make up the 234 species of the family tree. About 90% of primates live in tropical forests.

The annihilation and extermination of The Great Apes and many other primate species is at hand. The future is now. Intervention and action must occur now and with a sense of urgency.

Hunting and habitat destruction is taking place globally. The worst case scenarios are playing out right now in the most politically unstable nations of Africa and Asia. Political unrest and illegal logging are driving these primates into extinction at an accelerated rate.

Even with immediate intervention saving these primates from extinction will not be easy. Populations are very slow to recover- primate species have only three to four offspring in a lifetime. Habitat destruction can isolate the primates into small groups, which leaves them vulnerable to extinction due to a loss of genetic diversity.

This is the list of world's 25 " most endangered primates " by I.U.C.N:-

Brazil: the golden lion tamarin, the black lion tamarin, the black-faced lion tamarin, the buff-headed capuchin and the northern muriqui

Peru: yellow-tailed woolly monkey

Madagascar: the golden bamboo lemur, the Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur, Perrier's sifaka, the silky sifaka and the golden-crowned sifaka

Ivory Coast and Ghana: Miss Waldron's red colobus, white-naped mangabey

Nigeria: Sclater's guenon

Tanzania: Sanje mangabey

Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria: the drill

Nigeria and Cameroon: Cross River gorilla

Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda: the mountain gorilla

Vietnam: Delacour's langur, Cat Ba Island golden-headed langur, gray-shanked douc langur, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey

Indonesia: Javan gibbon, Sumatran orangutan

China: Hainan gibbon

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  • Jul 1, 2004
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