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Chimps and orangutans could be extinct by the end of the century, scientists warn

The researchers also called for more effective enforcement of laws prohibiting hunting and trading in these endangered creatures, as well as excessive deforestation.

JACOB DIRNHUBER: ‘Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo alone harbour two thirds of all primate species – and a staggering 60 per cent of those are threatened with extinction. Among the primates at risk are chimpanzees, orangutangs, and lowland gorillas. Species in Madagascar and Indonesia are thought to be most at risk, with 90 per cent reporting a rapid decline in numbers… A report using information from the World Bank and the United Nations database found that species in Brazil face losing 80 per cent of their habitat in the coming decades.

Co-author Dr Susan Cheyne added: “More protected areas are needed together with corridors along latitudinal and altitudinal gradients to reduce isolation, along with forest restoration projects that can be beneficial to people’s livelihoods. The researchers also called for more effective enforcement of laws prohibiting hunting and trading in these endangered creatures, as well as excessive deforestation… Conservation expert Professor Anna Nekaris warned: “Many iconic species will be lost unless these countries, international organisations, consumer nations and global citizens take immediate action to protect primate populations and their habitats”.’ SOURCE…

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