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>> Sixty percent of the world's primates are at risk of extinction. That's the stark warning issued by 31 leading primatologist in the journal Science Advances. They say tropical forests must be protected from unsustainable pressures, Madagascar, and parts of Asia are the worst areas effected.>> There are many things that are driving primates to extinction, but the major problem is habitat loss and habitat conversion.
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And essentially it's humans changing primate habitat into human habitat, logging for timber, logging for conversion to agriculture. Looking for cattle ranching, anything essentially that destroys tropical forests cuz primates are largely tropical forest species.>> The report's office say governments must tighten global trade regulations and enforce existing legislation, helping loggers and hunters find alternative income sources is also key.
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While the public are asked to stop buying palm oil and tropical timber and reduce our consumption habits. There are more than 500 primate species including humans, pharmatologists say it's indefensible for us to allow some of our closest relatives to die out.>> We haven't seen any primates which go extinct in recent past, but we will begin to see extinction reports regularly.
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And under that situation will accelerate species evolving species go extinct. The difference between humans driving under primates extinct and chimpanzees for example hunting tther primates, is that we know what we're doing. So other species that hunt don't know that they're eradicating other species, whereas we know that we're doing it.
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>> The authors insist that the problem is reversible, but say the clock is ticking for the future of hundreds of primate species.