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Our relatives in peril: an exclusive look at the 25 most endangered primates

As far as we know, no primate became extinct during the 20th century. That's an impressive record, since the world loses about 100 species a day. But luck may soon run out for the animal order that includes humans. As their habitats are destroyed by human population growth, dozens of our closest relatives--from the gorillas in the mists of East Africa to the wise-looking orangutans of Sumatra--are on the brink of oblivion. Sounding the alarm are Conservation International, a private environment group based in Washington, and the Primate Specialist Group of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN/the World Conservation Union, an...

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