_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.
LAC ALAOTRA BAMBOO LEMUR
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