List Names Top Primates Facing Extinction: Photos

_Here below is the  list of the 25 most endangered primates for 2014-2016 according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

"The world’s primate species are at great risk with more than half of the species threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List," said Simon Stuart, chair of the IUCN species survival commission, in a statement.

Here we look at a sampling of the animals that had the unwelcome distinction of landing on the list.


Shown here is the Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus diana roloway), from Ghana and central and eastern Côte d’Ivoire. Hunting by bushmeat traders has reduced the forest-dwelling primate's numbers to "small, isolated pockets," according to IUCN.

"By any measure, the roloway monkey must be considered one of the most critically endangered monkeys in Africa and appears to be on the verge of extinction," IUCN notes in its report on the 2014-2016 list.


The Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur (Hapalemur alaotrensis) lives exclusively in papyrus and reed beds around Madagascar's biggest lake (Lac Alaotra).

The most recent population data pegs the remaining animals at 2,500 to 5,000 -- a decrease of about 30 percent in the last 10 years.

The lemur's habitat has seen a rapid influx of humans

Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China

Domestic Leopard Cat

Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils.
Side view of a domestic cat skull from the Neolithic site of Wuzhuangguoliang (Shaanxi, 3200-2800 BC). Photo Credit: J. D. Vigne-CNRS/MNHN.
These cats were of a different species than the ancestors of today's house cats, which suggests that at least in the early history of pets, humans may have had two different kinds of kitties keeping them company.

Today's pet cats (Felis catus) descend from the wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) native to the Middle East and

Muppet-Faced Fish Swam Alongside Dinosaurs

The discovery of fossilized skulls of a Muppet-like Cretaceous-age fish is helping researchers learn about its geographical distribution. Credit: Robert Nicholls
A Muppet-faced fish with a lanky body more than 6 feet long gulped down plankton in Earth's ancient oceans about 92 million years ago, a new study finds.

Researchers identified two new species of the enormous

The Toads that could soon conquer the Paradise

An army of toads is marching into one of the world's last unspoilt wildernesses. Now conservationists want to drive them out
Duttaphrynus melanostictus is commonly called Asian common toadAsian toadblack-spectacled toadcommon Sunda toad and Javanese toad
Nobody knows for sure how or when they first arrived, but for the last few years, millions of toxic toads have plagued eastern Madagascar.

The Asian toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) first appeared between 2007 and 2010, most likely in shipping containers, and have rapidly increased in number to about

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Fuente: BBC News