25 Most Endangered Primates (Part 2)

25 Most Endangered Primates (Part 2)
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Greater Bamboo Lemur (Madagascar)

Limited to the African island of Madagascarlike all lemursthis primate species numbers only about a thousand, according to the World Conservation Union.

Now surviving only in the island's eastern rain forests, the greater bamboo lemur is under threat from "slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, the cutting of bamboo [the species' primary food], and hunting with slingshots," a new report says.

The species was named one of the 25 most endangered prmiates in the October 27, 2007, report by the Primate Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission and the International Primatological Society, in collaboration with Conservation International.

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