Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the DRC: critical to alloprimate survival

A new study, Primates in Peril (Estrada et al 2018), published on 15 June focuses on the countries of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where 65% of all the worlds primates are found but where 60% are experiencing varying degrees of threat from human activities (threatened, endangered, critically endangered on the IUCN Red List). The research identifies loss and fragmentation of habitat as key to declining populations of primates in Brazil, Madagascar and Indonesia, while the greatest pressure on primates in DRC is the bushmeat trade. The article is open access.

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Red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), Madagascar

Estrada A, Garber PA, Mittermeier RA, Wich S, Gouveia S, Dobrovolski R, Nekaris KAI, Nijman V, Rylands AB, Maisels F, Williamson EA, Bicca-Marques J, Fuentes A, Jerusalinsky L, Johnson S, Rodrigues de Melo F, Oliveira L, Schwitzer C, Roos C, Cheyne SM, Martins Kierulff MC, Raharivololona B, Talebi M, Ratsimbazafy J, Supriatna J, Boonratana R, Wedana M, Setiawan A. (2018Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservationPeerJ 6:e4869

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