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Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Posted: 01-19-2017 12:03 PM
by kbot
Sad - gotta start doing something..........

Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

The world's primates face an "extinction crisis" with 60% of species now threatened with extinction, according to research.

A global study, involving more than 30 scientists, assessed the conservation status of more than 500 individual species.

This also revealed that 75% of species have populations that are declining.

The findings are published in the journal Science Advances.

Professor Jo Setchell from Durham University, a member of the team, explained that the main threats were "massive habitat loss" and illegal hunting.

"Forests are destroyed when primate habitat is converted to industrial agriculture, leaving primates with nowhere to live," she told BBC News.

"And primates are hunted for meat and trade, either as pets or as body parts."

Other threats - all driven by human behaviour - are forest clearance for livestock and cattle ranching; oil and gas drilling and mining.

"The short answer is that we must reduce human domination of the planet, and learn to share space with other species," Prof Setchell commented.

Re: Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Posted: 01-19-2017 12:51 PM
by Doka
What a bunch of Brown Colored , Hate Your Self, Hooy!

Re: Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Posted: 01-19-2017 01:39 PM
by Doka
Well here is the problem...................... :shock:

Life among the monkey hunters: The Amazon tribe that has evolved flat feet after years of catching primates to eat by climbing trees and shooting them with blowpipes 

The Huaorani tribe - there are only 4,000 of them - live a simple life in the rainforests of eastern Ecuador They live off the land, shooting blowpipes to kill monkeys, which they then skin and roast over open fires They also eat peccary pigs and toucans as well as plants and herbs which they have foraged in the forests Their lifestyle has led to their feet evolving - most have very flat feet, which help them to climb the trees  In 1990 the Ecuadorean government set up the Waorani Ethnic Reserve to protect the forest they live in Photographer Pete Oxford said: 'One of my greatest joys is spending time with people unlike myself' ... nkeys.html

Re: Primates facing 'extinction crisis'

Posted: 01-20-2017 04:46 AM
by kbot
Doka wrote:What a bunch of Brown Colored , Hate Your Self, Hooy!
From the cited article:
"Deforestation has driven the Sumatran orangutan to the brink of extinction"

Don't think Sumatra is in Ecuador, and I think its a more global issue as well.........