Nearly half of all primates are in danger of becoming extinct, according to a study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Habitat destruction and hunting for food and the illegal wildlife trade are the main threats to the world's 634 primate species – 303 of which are now classed as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. Here are some of the species under threat.

In pictures: Meet the world's endangered primates

Nearly half of all primates are in danger of becoming extinct, according to a study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Habitat destruction and hunting for food and the illegal wildlife trade are the main threats to the world's 634 primate species – 303 of which are now classed as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. Here are some of the species under threat.

Did you know palm oil is responsible for severe habitat destruction, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses? Here's how to avoid it! www.causeyoucareco.com #palmoil

Palm Oil: How and Why to Avoid It

Did you know palm oil is responsible for severe habitat destruction, climate change, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses? Here's how to avoid it! www.causeyoucareco.com #palmoil

The Fiji banded iguana is considered seriously endangered due to habitat destruction and predation. We’re working to save this species and #EndExtinction | Eye to Eye by Paul E.M.

The Fiji banded iguana is considered seriously endangered due to habitat destruction and predation. We’re working to save this species and #EndExtinction | Eye to Eye by Paul E.M.

Sumatran Rhino, thought to be less than 100 alive in the world, after habitat destruction and illegal poaching.

Sumatran Rhino, thought to be less than 100 alive in the world, after habitat destruction and illegal poaching.

Happy World Tiger Day! Did you know that there is only 3,000 Tigers left in the wild?! That's 97% of the Tiger species gone, due to habitat destruction and hunting! And humans are the reason for the Tigers to go nearly EXTINCT! I hope that I live to see at least one Tiger in the wild before they're all gone! Please don't allow this to happen, the entire Tiger species WILL go extinct unless we all do something NOW! Time is running out... - Wildlife Earth on Pinterest, for more wildlife news!

Happy World Tiger Day! Did you know that there is only 3,000 Tigers left in the wild?! That's 97% of the Tiger species gone, due to habitat destruction and hunting! And humans are the reason for the Tigers to go nearly EXTINCT! I hope that I live to see at least one Tiger in the wild before they're all gone! Please don't allow this to happen, the entire Tiger species WILL go extinct unless we all do something NOW! Time is running out... - Wildlife Earth on Pinterest, for more wildlife news!

The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) is native to Canada, the USA and Mexico. It was uplisted from Low Risk/ Near Threatened to Vulnerable as the population decline probably exceeds 30%. The causes for this decline are not fully understood but comprise a mixture of habitat destruction and degradation, direct mortality from vehicle strikes, predation and collection for the pet trade; Photo by Jonathan Mays

The Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) is native to Canada, the USA and Mexico. It was uplisted from Low Risk/ Near Threatened to Vulnerable as the population decline probably exceeds 30%. The causes for this decline are not fully understood but comprise a mixture of habitat destruction and degradation, direct mortality from vehicle strikes, predation and collection for the pet trade; Photo by Jonathan Mays

In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.

In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.

The International Animal Rescue organization recently opened an orangutan "pre-school" in Borneo where orphaned baby orangutans learn to climb, socialize and live among their peers without the threat of poaching or habitat destruction. Could there be anything cuter? The answer- no.

The International Animal Rescue organization recently opened an orangutan "pre-school" in Borneo where orphaned baby orangutans learn to climb, socialize and live among their peers without the threat of poaching or habitat destruction. Could there be anything cuter? The answer- no.

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