Deforestation, hunting, and poaching have combined to push 25 primates to the precipice of extinction, according to a new report from the United Nations.
The endangered species—which include rare primates like the red ruffed lemur, the golden-headed lemur (seen above), and the Grauer’s gorilla—are spread across Asia, Africa, and South America.
One of the most critically endangered groups is the northern sportive lemur, which lives in Madagascar—shockingly, only 19 are known to live in the wild.
"Lemurs are now one of the world's most endangered groups of mammals, after more than three years of political crisis and a lack of effective enforcement in their home country, Madagascar," Christoph Schwitzer of the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, one of the groups involved in the study, told AP.
"A similar crisis is happening in Southeast Asia, where trade in wildlife is bringing many primates very close to extinction," Schwitzer said.
These primates' survival is critical for maintaining biodiversity.
Glimpse ’em while you can.
They might not be here tomorrow.
(Photo: Stephen J. Pollard)