The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates

the World's 25 Most Endangered Primates

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The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates is a list of highly endangered primate species selected and published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group , the International Primatological Society, and Conservation International. The 2012–2014 list added the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation to the list of publishers.


What is The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates?

The publication is a joint project between the three conservation organizations and has been revised every two years following the biannual Congress of the IPS. Starting with the 2004–2006 report, the title changed to “Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates”. That same year, the list began to provide information about each species, including their conservation status and the threats they face in the wild. The species text is written in collaboration with experts from the field, with 60 people contributing to the 2006–2008 report and 85 people contributing to the 2008–2010 report.

The 25 species on the 2012–2014 list are distributed between 16 countries. The countries with the most species on the list are Madagascar (six species), Vietnam (five species), and Indonesia (three species). The list is broken into four distinct regions: the island of Madagascar, the continent of Africa, the continent of Asia including the islands of Indonesia, and the Neotropics (Central and South America). 


The purpose of the list, according to Russell Mittermeier, the president of CI, is “to highlight those [primate species] that are most at risk, to attract the attention of the public, to stimulate national governments to do more, and especially to find the resources to implement desperately needed conservation measures.” Species are selected for the list based on two primary reasons: extremely small population sizes and very rapid drops in numbers. These reasons are heavily influenced by habitat loss and hunting, the two greatest threats primates face.

More specifically, threats listed in the report include deforestation due to slash-and-burn agriculture, clearing for pastureor farmland, charcoal production, firewood production, illegal logging, selective logging, mining, land development, and cash crop production; forest fragmentation; small population sizes; live capture for the exotic pet trade; and hunting for bushmeat and traditional medicine.

Image: By T-34-85, CC0
Text: Wikipedia contributors. “The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 22 Aug. 2017. Web. 14 Sep. 2017.


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