More and more animals are on the verge of extinction. A new study shows that more than 50% of all primates are facing extinction. This research shows that the population of primates is rapidly decreasing. More than 504 species of primates are facing extinction.
These primates include a lot of species, from lemurs to apes. These animals are now facing mass extinction. Researchers were surprised to see just how much the population of primates has declined. They are also concerned because they were not expecting to see that the numbers were so low.
Of course, humans are responsible for this problem. Human activity is the one to blame when it comes to habitat loss, illegal pet trade, and hunting. The factor which influenced the population of primates is the habitat loss. Because of this, the animals don’t have the necessary water, food, and shelter.
There are a lot of activities that human do without thinking about what effects they have. Industrial agriculture, mining, and oil drilling affect animals that live in the areas that are exploited. Of course, human activity also damages the environment and leads to deforestation.
All of these problem cause primates and other species of animals to be on the verge of extinction. Although many people don’t see the difference right now, in the near future they will observe that the climate changed even more and that there is less oxygen due to deforestation.
There are a lot of species of primates that are almost extinct. The Javan slow loris is another primate that is facing extinction due to illegal trade. The same problem is found in Madagascar, Asia, and Africa. The primates there which include lemurs, langurs, and orangutans, are on the verge of extinction too.
The researchers who found out these animals are going to be extinct soon mentioned that the primates indicate the health of the ecosystem. Since their numbers are so low the ecosystems are not doing great either.
This sad news affects all of us and the problem is not going to stop if people don’t stop polluting the habitats of these animals. They also need to stop illegal trading and mining. Maybe with these changes, the number of primates will start to increase steadily.
What is your opinion about this study? Did you know that more than half of primates are on the verge of extinction?
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