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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.

Mountain Gorillas and Global Warming: Dangerous Combo

According to a National Geographic article published yesterday by Christine Dell’Amore, global warming-induced indigestion could help make mountain gorillas and other leaf-eating primates sitting ducks for extinction, a new study says.

Due to the annual temperature rises, the leaves in the forest are changing their molecular structure and now have more fiber and less digestible protein.  This is becoming a concern for some gorilla and monkey species that eat these leaves because this would mean that it will take longer to process their food.  During this longer time of digestion, these primates would otherwise be spending their time finding food, socializing and protecting their territory study says.

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Photo found on National Geographic's Daily News Website: Photograph by Tim Graham, Getty Images