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Endangered species news
Asian Primates down to the path towards extinction
Over seventy percent of Asia’s primates are threatened with extinction due to the clearing of tropical forests and the rampant illegal wildlife trade for traditional medicine and pets. That proportion is even higher in Southeast Asia. For example, in Vietnam and Cambodia, ninety percent of primates are at risk. In Indonesia, the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This change means that both species of orangutan now face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Regardless of past conservation efforts, both orangutans have not achieved the only vital goal: a stable or increasing population! It is vital and urgent for the Indonesian government to step up once for all to join forces with NGOs to protect orangutans in the wild.
Galapagos bird species extinct
The San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus dubius) is officially extinct! This bird species, which only lived on the easternmost island of the Galapagos, has not been seen since 1987. Numerous field surveys since then have failed to show any evidence that it still exists. The cause of this extinction is unknown, but we can easily suspect invasive rats introduced by humans, which prey on the birds’ eggs, and a parasitic fly (Philornis downsi) which kills chicks after hatchling.
Fewer than 1,000 wild yaks, China
Wild yak (Bos mutus) once roamed widely, moving across much of Asia. Today, however, they are limited to the high-elevation Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau. Only 990 yaks remain in the wild in China’s Hoh Xil Nature Reserve. Overhunting and competition with livestock have depleted populations. Further, climate change is having an impact on its habitats.
Illegal pet trade not slowing downs in Indonesia
Illegal pet trade threatens at least thirteen Indonesian birds with extinction. Many of these species now have just a couple of dozen individuals left in the wild! ESI calls on the Indonesian government to place a higher priority on the caged bird trade, and inforce laws in part due to inadequate training and ethic within enforcement agencies.