Top 25 Most Endangered Primates


Primates are among the most persecuted of tropical species  relentlessly hunted for their meat and fur, bodies broken for dubious medicines, shot for stealing crops in fields which were once their home. All the forests of the world cannot sate the sum of human hunger: they are cut and burned, day and night, and the remnants of their grandeur will not long survive without our intervention.

Thus no primate is entirely free from danger; but the few highlighted in this report are those whose very existence is in doubt. Each one named here is almost lost � each an entire race of beings, now reduced to a tattered remnant: two or three dozen in the worst of cases, a mere few hundred for the rest.

From the Atlantic Forest of Brazil to the monsoon slopes of Madagascar, from the mountains of southwest China to the islands of Mentawai, these primates are caught between fading hope and hard oblivion. And if through our failure of action they should cease to exist, we will have lost our nearest companions � and a part of ourselves � from what wilderness remains in the world.

These galleries link to individual profiles of the Top 25 primates; you may also download the full report on Primates in Peril: 2006-2008 as a PDF (1.04 MB).

Rondo Dwarf Galago
Galagoides rondoensis

Ceylon Mtn. Slender Loris
Loris tardigradus nycticeboides

Greater Bamboo Lemur
Prolemur simus

Brown Spider Monkey
Ateles hybridus

Pennant’s Red Colobus
Procolobus p. pennantii

Simias concolor

White-Collared Lemur
Eulemur albocollaris

Brown-headed Spider M.
Ateles f. fusciceps

Tana River Red Colobus
Procolobus rufomitratus

Siau Island Tarsier
Tarsius sp. nov.

Silky Sifaka
Propithecus candidus

Yellow-tailed Woolly M.
Oreonax flavicauda

Roloway Guenon
Cercocebus diana roloway

Delacour’s Langur
Trachypithecus delacouri

Sahamalaza Sportive L.
Lepilemur sahamalazensis

Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus
Procolobus badius waldroni

Cat Ba Langur
Trachypithecus p. poliocephalus

Rungwecebus kipunji

Western Purple-faced Langur
Semnopithecus vetulus nestor

Cross River Gorilla
Gorilla gorilla diehli

Grey-Shanked Douc
Pygathrix cinerea

Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey
Rhinopithecus avunculus

Hainan Gibbon
Nomascus hainanus

W. Hoolock Gibbon
Hoolock hoolock

Sumatran Orangutan
Pongo abelii


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