Endangered primates are becoming more common than ever. With increasing logging, deforestation, slash and burn agriculture, and illegal hunting, primate populations have drastically decreased within the last few decades. Without proper conservation, it’s very likely we’ll see the mass extinction of several primate species. Primates are an essential part of the world’s rainforests and other ecosystems, helping with regeneration. They also play valuable roles in various cultures, religions, and give us insight into human evolution. Ready to see which primates might go extinct? Here are 25 Most Endangered Primates We May Lose This Century.
Tana River Red Colobus
Living near the lower Tana River in Kenya, hence the name Tana River Red Colobus, this species has seen a population decline of 1,300 from 1,800 since 1975. Overall, the species seems to be coping with the decline but is still considered endangered.
Due to heavy deforestation in Sumatra’s rainforest, the Sumatran Orangutan population has diminished to 14,600, making them critically endangered. Their populations are also fragmented and easy targets for poachers.
Cross River Gorilla
Of the four gorilla species, the Cross River Gorilla is the most endangered with fewer than 300 left on the planet. Their main threats are deforestation and bushmeat hunters. However, some researchers believe there are potential lands for the Cross River Gorilla to especially thrive.
Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey
Due to habitat loss and hunting, this critically endangered primate only has 113 individuals left living in their native Vietnam and a total global population of 250. While some researchers believe they could be making a comeback, they’re still not out of the woods yet.
Alaotran Gentle Lemur
From Madagascar, these primates live in both rainforests and marshlands that are being reduced by the day. They’ve been critically endangered since 2008 and have an estimated population of 2,500 individuals.