The Archipelago

More RI primates endangered

MALANG, East Java: Four Indonesian primates were included among the 25 most endangered primates in the world.

They are Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii), Siau Island Tarsiers (Tarsius tumpara), Javan slow lorises (Nycticebus javanicus) and the pig-tailed langur (Simias cocolor).

Rosek Nursahid, chairman of ProFauna Indonesia, said in Malang on Monday that the data had been released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2000 but received no serious response from the government.

He said it was deplorable because, of the 200 primate species in the world, around 40 were found in Indonesian forests.

Despite that species richness, nearly 70 percent were on the brink of extinction due mainly to habitat destruction, he said.

“The conditions are worsened by rampant poaching,” Rosek added. — JP

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