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Many primate species face extinction

Twenty five endangered species of primates including lemur, monkey and gorilla face extinction primarily due to habitat destruction and human encroachment while almost half of the 634 known primate species are to some degree threatened with dying out.

This has been stated in a report by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other conservation and research groups.

"Primates are among the most endangered of all vertebrate groups," said Russell Mittermeier, head of the IUCN's primate specialist group. Globally, habitat destruction, especially through the burning and clearing of tropical forests for agriculture, has been the main driver toward extinction.

Of the top 25 endangered species, five are found on the island of Madagascar, six on the African continent, three in South America and 11 in Southeast Asia, the report said.

The least likely species to survive with a population of 60 to 70 are the golden-headed langur found exclusively on the island of Cat Ba in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.

The two other species with less than 100 individuals are the northern sportive lemur of Madagascar and the eastern black crested gibbon of northern Vietnam.

The number of cross river gorillas, found in the mountains along the Cameroon-Nigeria border, has also come down to less than 300 due to human encroachment.

For further details, visit: http://www.iucn.org/?4753/Worlds-most-endangered-primates-revealed



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