Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Brink of Extinction for Half of all Primates

According to many experts from across the world, nearly half of all primate species are in danger of becoming extinct.


Conservationists said in a news statement recently about the release of the report Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010 that “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”.





Conservationist say this threat is mostly due to the destruction of tropical forests, illegal wildlife trade and commercial bush-meat hunting.

Mammals "Rafted" to Madagascar, Climate Model Suggests

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Ker Than for National Geographic News Published this article on January 20, 2010.


Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Stock



Only in the movies could a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo wash ashore on Madagascar to start a new life.


But a new computer model suggests there may be a grain of truth in the animated fiction: The ancestors of ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, and other mammals that live on the Indian Ocean island got there aboard natural rafts.