Ninety-five percent of the population of lemurs in the world is & # 39; on the verge of extinction & # 039;

Of a total of 111 species and subspecies of lemur, 105 are under threat, the IUCN said in its first update on animals since 2012. Unique animals are only found on the African island of Madagascar and are now the most endangered primates in the world. Earth (values)

Experts warned that lemurs could soon be eliminated from the face of the Earth.

Animals, which are only found in the wild on the island of Madagascar, are now primates at greatest risk on Earth.

According to the new statistics of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 95% of animals are now "on the verge of extinction".

Lemur populations have been decimated by rainforest destruction, unregulated agriculture and logging and mining, experts say.

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Of a total of 111 species and subspecies of lemur, 105 are under threat, the IUCN said in its first update on animals since 2012. Unique animals are only found on the African island of Madagascar and are now the most endangered primates in the world. Earth (values)

Of a total of 111 species and subspecies of lemur, 105 are under threat, the IUCN said in its first update on animals since 2012. Unique animals are only found on the African island of Madagascar and are now the most endangered primates in the world. Earth (values)

Of a total of 111 lemur species and subspecies, 105 are under threat, the IUCN revealed in its first update on lemur populations since 2012.

"This is undoubtedly the highest threat percentage for any large group of mammals and for any large group of vertebrates," said Russ Mittermeier of the IUCN species survival commission in a statement.

IUCN creates the "red list" of endangered animals and categorizes animals based on their stability.

Among the most worrying trends is an "increase in the level of lemur hunting, which includes large-scale commercial hunting," Christoph Schwitzer, conservation director of the Zoological Society of Bristol, said in the statement.

He described the hunt as "unlike anything we've seen before in Madagascar."

Ninety-five percent of the population of lemurs in the world is "on the verge of extinction," a leading conservation group revealed. IUCN has said it is launching "an important action plan for the conservation of the lemur," to help preserve endangered primates (stock)

Ninety-five percent of the population of lemurs in the world is "on the verge of extinction," a leading conservation group revealed. IUCN has said it is launching "an important action plan for the conservation of the lemur," to help preserve endangered primates (stock)

Ninety-five percent of the population of lemurs in the world is "on the verge of extinction," a leading conservation group revealed. IUCN has said it is launching "an important action plan for the conservation of the lemur," to help preserve endangered primates (stock)

One of the species identified as "critically endangered" is the northern sport lemur, which is believed to have only 50 individuals left.

"The lemurs are for Madagascar what giant pandas are for China: they are the goose that lays the golden eggs, which attracts tourists and nature lovers," said Jonah Ratsimbazafy of the domestic primate research group known as GERP.

Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse nations in the world.

IUCN said it was launching "an important action plan for lemur conservation" to help preserve primates in danger of extinction.

WHAT IS THE RED LIST & # 39; IN DANGER?

The species on the endangered red list are animals of the highest conservation priority that need "urgent measures". to save.

An Amber list is reserved for the next most critical group, followed by a green list.

Red list criteria:

  • Globally threatened
  • The historical decline of the population in the United Kingdom during 1800-1995
  • Severe decrease (at least 50 percent) in the breeding population of the United Kingdom in the last 25 years
  • Severe contraction (at least 50 percent) of the breeding area of ​​the United Kingdom in the last 25 years

Last year, in the United Kingdom, several more species were added to the list.

These include:

  • Atlantic Puffin
  • Mockingbird
  • Long-tailed duck
  • Tortoise

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