Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Twenty-five Primate Species Reported on Brink of Extinction

This article caught my eye. Don't worry yet, sasquatches are not on the list. Still, the issues that threaten the other apes are the same ones that could eventually threaten the sasquatch populations here in North America. Who knows? Perhaps some of these issues already affect the big guys...  What can you do to help?  Comment below with your ideas.

In this Sept. 15 photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer's
gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park
is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center in Congo.
(Photo: Handout via AP)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday.

Six of the severely threatened species live in the island nation of Madagascar, off southeast Africa. Five more from mainland Africa, five from South America and nine species in Asia are among those listed as most threatened.

The report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature was released at the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity being held in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.

Primates, mankind's closest living relatives, contribute to the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and maintaining forest diversity.

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