1.27.2017

Science Advances: Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates

“504 primate species were assessed in the study and it found that 60% of primate species are now threatened with extinction and 75% have declining populations. Increasing global demand for oil palm products is a major driver of recent severe declines in Sumatran and Bornean orangutan numbers and a serious risk for African apes because large segments of existing populations occur outside protected areas. Moreover, future oil palm development is likely to threaten forested areas in South America and Africa, which is projected to result in severe negative consequences for primate populations in those regions.” Read more

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