Many Primates Are On The Verge Of Extinction

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Roughly 60 percent of the world’s primates are critically endangered.

Recent research has shown that around sixty percent of all primates will go extinct if nothing is done to facilitate their recovery. During the latest study, the researchers analyzed the conservation status of 504 species of primates and discovered that 75 percent of the primate species worldwide have been suffering a staggering population decline in recent years.

The affected primates include apes and monkeys, such as tarsiers, lorises, and lemurs, among others. Dr. Paul Garber, one of the co-authors of the study and professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois, says that the current situation is worse than the specialists thought.

He underlines that mass extinction threatens many species of primates. Dr. Alejandro Estrada, a scientist from the Institute of Biology National Autonomous University of Mexico, adds that he was surprised to find out that the decline rates were so high.

According to Estrada, this means that these animals’ situation has already reached a critical point where the governments must take urgent measures to prevent more apes and monkeys from dying.

The specialists say that there is a wide range of threats which has been influencing the population decline of so many primates. Among these threats are illegal animal trade, bushmeat hunting, and habitat loss.

Unfortunately, human activity accounts for these factors. Estrada explains that habitat loss can have a devastating effect on these animals because it destroys vital resources, including water, food, and shelter.

In addition, it divides the social groups developed by the primates. Therefore, they become more vulnerable to potentially deadly pathogens and predation. Many endangered species of primates live in tropical forests.

The massive human development of the 20th century has caused dramatic deforestation through activities like logging, oil drilling, cattle ranching, industrial agriculture, and mining just to name a few.

Garber says that many multinational corporations are working in these locations and their plan is to get their hands on resources as cheaply and as quickly as possible by all means. Also, regardless of the industry, very few companies use sustainable methods which won’t harm the environment, including the fauna.

Estrada predicts that these species of primates will go extinct in the next several decades if governments don’t come up with new conservation policies and plans.

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