CHIMPANZEES and orangutans are on the brink of extinction, a top scientist has warned.
Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo alone harbour two thirds of all primate species – and a staggering 60 per cent of those are threatened with extinction.
Among the primates at risk are chimpanzees, orangutangs, and lowland gorillas.
Species in Madagascar and Indonesia are thought to be most at risk, with 90 per cent reporting a rapid decline in numbers.
Conservation expert Professor Anna Nekaris warned: “Many iconic species will be lost unless these countries, international organisations, consumer nations and global citizens take immediate action to protect primate populations and their habitats.
“People do not realise that in their daily lives, by consuming less and making more ecologically friendly consumer choices, such as reducing use of single-use plastic and eating food grown locally, they can have direct impacts on tropical forests and the long-term sustainability of biodiversity.”