Silent Forest: The Extinction of Primates

Silent Forest: The Extinction of Primates

A new research study has found that around 60 percent of the 500 known primate species are on the verge of extinction. With around 75 percent of all species declining in numbers, this new discovery sparked an uproar in the scientific community who are now calling to raise global awareness of the plight of the world’s primates and the costs of their loss to ecosystem health and human society.

Primates are essential to biodiversity in the tropics, contribute to natural regeneration and are important to many cultures and religions. In order to study the effect human activity has on primate survival, researchers combined data from the International Red List of the world nature conservation organization International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with data from the United Nations (UN) database to establish forecasts and development trends for the next 50 years.

Based on this data, researchers were able to establish forecasts and development trends for the next 50 years. They determined that a primate’s natural habitat is situated in areas that experience high levels of poverty and lack of education. As a result, locals tend to hunt primates for meat and supply the illegal pet trade. The scientists predict that within the next fifty years, we will experience extinction events for many different primate species, like the ring-tailed lemur, eastern gorilla, and baboons.

“Conservation is an ecological, cultural and social necessity. When our closest relatives, the non-human primates, become extinct, this will send a warning signal that the living conditions for humans will soon deteriorate dramatically,” says Eckhard W. Heyman a scientist at the German Primate Center  (DPZ) and a co-author of the study.

Shocking: It is not rare to drive down a newly constructed road in other parts of the world and see dead monkeys on the side of the road for sale. Read more: Pictures of monkey tied to moving car in Mumbai sparks outrage Source: DNA India

Article & Photo by: Rachel Grace Fritz

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