Mankind's closest living relatives – the world's apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates – are on the brink of extinction and in need of urgent conservation measures according to Primates in Peril: The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010.
Primates in Peril: The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010 has been compiled by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI).
This report reveals that nearly half of all primate species are now in danger of becoming extinct from destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bushmeat hunting. The list includes five primate species from Madagascar, six from Africa, 11 from Asia, and three from Central and South America, all of which are the most in need of urgent conservation action.
Compiled by 85 experts from across the world, the report was launched at Bristol Zoo Gardens on February 18, 2010, with guests from national and international conservation and research organizations.
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List of the World's 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010
Prolemur simus, Greater bamboo lemur (Madagascar)
Eulemur cinereiceps, Gray-headed lemur (Madagascar)
Eulemur flavifrons, Sclater’s lemur (Madagascar)
Lepilemur septentrionalis, Northern sportive lemur (Madagascar)
Propithecus candidus, Silky sifaka (Madagascar)
Galagoides rondoensis, Rondo dwarf galago (Tanzania)
Cercopithecus diana roloway, Roloway monkey (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Procolobus rufomitratus, Tana River red colobus (Kenya)
Procolobus epieni, Niger Delta red colobus (Nigeria)
Rungwecebus kipunji, Kipunji (Tanzania)
Gorilla gorilla diehli, Cross River gorilla (Cameroon, Nigeria)
Tarsius tumpara, Siau Island tarsier (Indonesia-Siau Is.)
Nycticebus javanicus, Javan slow loris (Indonesia-Java)
Simias concolor, Pig-tailed langur (Indonesia-Mentawai Is.)
Trachypithecus delacouri, Delacour’s langur (Vietnam)
Trachypithecus p. poliocephalus, Golden-headed or Cat Ba Langur (Vietnam)
Semnopithecus vetulus nestor, Western purple-faced langur (Sri Lanka)
Pygathrix cinerea, Grey-shanked douc (Vietnam)
Rhinopithecus avunculus, Tonkin snub-nosed monkey (Vietnam)
Nomascus nasutus, Cao Vit or eastern black crested gibbon (China, Vietnam)
Hoolock hoolock, Western hoolock gibbon (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar)
Pongo abelii, Sumatran orangutan (Indonesia-Sumatra)
Saguinus oedipus, Cotton-top tamarin (Colombia)
Ateles hybridus, Variegated spider monkey Colombia, (Venezuela)
Oreonax flavicauda, Peruvian yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Peru)