This article discusses how climate change is causing serious problems for the world’s primates, including the real possibility that several, newly-discovered primates are headed towards extinction.
As small as the world can seem sometimes, thanks to the internet and social media, it’s inspiring to know that scientists are still discovering new species out there. And we’re not just talking about deep-sea fish and beetles.
In fact, scientists just identified a half dozen new primates, including a Madagascan dwarf lemur, two bug-eyed tarsiers from Indonesia, and two new subspecies of slender lorises hailing from Sri Lanka.
And let’s not forget the Blue Nile patas monkey, a native of Ethiopia and Sudan. This rather cheeky-looking critter has a dark face and a white handlebar mustache. To complete the picture, you’ll have to imagine that mug coming at you at around 34 miles per hour―because patas monkeys are among the fastest ground-running primates on earth.
But as fascinating as it is to learn there are still undiscovered species waiting for us out in the bush, the new finds also come with a troubling caveat. Of the six new primates, experts predict that after more rigorous analysis, five will end up on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List: the lorises, the tarsiers, and the lemur.