Primates 'at risk of extinction'
A new report says that about half of the world's primates are facing extinction, saying that the destruction of rainforests is the biggest threat to primate species.
Some 300 of the 634 different types of ape and monkey on Earth could disappear if no action is taken to save them, according to the latest Red List of Threatened Species.
The list identifies destruction of the rainforests where primates live as the biggest threat to their existence. Other major threats include hunting for food and the illegal wildlife trade.
Russell Mittermeier, from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which carried out the survey, said: "Tropical forest destruction has always been the main cause, but now it appears that hunting is just as serious a threat in some areas, even where the habitat is still quite intact.