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  Third of world's monkeys face extinction
Updated 07 October 2002, 17.39
Golden Lion Tamarin
One in three of the world's monkeys are in danger of becoming extinct, says a group of top conservationists.

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Primates are one of our closest animal relatives and almost half of them live in south east Asia.

But if something's not done to save them, many species could soon disappear.

The situation is especially bad for those living in Vietnam and China.

Fact File
Top 10 endangered primates
1: Greater bamboo lemur (Madagascar)
2: Perrier's sifaka (Madagascar)
3: Silky sifaka (Madagascar)
4: Black-faced lion tamarin (Brazil)
5: Buff-headed capuchin (Brazil)
6: Northern muriqui (Brazil)
7: Miss Waldron's red colobus (Ghana and Ivory Coast)
8: Roloway guenon (Ghana and Ivory Coast)
9: Tana River mangabey and Tana River red colobus (Kenya)
10: Sanje mangabey (Tanzania)

They are disappearing in these areas because their habitats are being destroyed by tropical forest clearing.

The good news is fewer are being caught for the pet trade and medical research.

The number of monkey species - or primates - in danger of dying out has gone up hugely in the last three years.

Helping plants grow

In 2000, 120 different primate types were thought to be in danger. That's risen to 1995 in just two years.

Primates are vital for the environment because they help keep important plants growing.

When they eat fruits and other plant food, the seeds are spread around the forests when they go to the toilet.

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