05 August, 2008

Save Primates!

Our closest relatives, Primates, are so endangered that they could soon disappear forever. That's the shocking report just released.

Mankind’s closest relatives – the world’s monkeys, apes and other primates – are disappearing from the face of the Earth, with some being literally eaten to extinction.

The first comprehensive review in five years of the world’s 634 kinds of primates found that almost 50 percent are in danger of going extinct, according to the criteria of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

Issued at the 22nd International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, the report by the world’s foremost primate authorities presented a chilling indictment on the state of primates everywhere. In Asia, more than 70 percent of primates are classified on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, Endangered or Critically Endangered – meaning they could disappear forever in the near future.

Habitat destruction, through the burning and clearing of tropical forests, which also emits at least 20 percent of the global greenhouse gases, is a major threat to primates. Other threats include the hunting of primates for food and an illegal wildlife trade. IUCN

Mankind's short sightedness, greed and our destructive nature, are the main causes for this very disturbing, sad situation. If Primates, disappear from the face of the Earth - then certainly, our time here on Earth is drawing to a close too.

For our survival: if WE care for OUR survival, WE have to protect Primates and care for their survival. Otherwise, WE are in peril and will eventually be on the endangered list ourselves.

List of 25 most endangered Primates

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