70 percent of Indonesia’s primates in danger of extinction


JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — Around 70 percent of Indonesia’s primates are in danger of extinction due to their illegal trade and constant destruction of their natural habitat, according to ProFauna Indonesia.

With approximately 200 different species of primates around the world, 70 percent of Indonesia’s 40 kinds of primates are on the brink of extinction, ProFauna Indonesia Director Rosek Nursahid told Antara news agency.

Rosek talked on the sidelines of a campaign for preserving primates held in Malang, East Java, explaining that since 2000, the international conservation agency had published 25 different primates most seriously on the brink of extinction in the world, and it included 25 of Indonesia.

Among the 25 most seriously endangered species in Indonesia are the Sumatra orangutan (Pongo Abeli), Tarsius Siau (Tarsius Tumpara), Kukang Jawa (Nycticebus javanicus), and Simakubo (Simias cocolor), Rosek stated.

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