Monkey Meeting Hard in Mountain

Monkey Meeting Hard in Mountain


Monkey Population

The number of monkeys around the world varies dramatically by species. Some are relatively abundant–such as the Bornean gibbon, of which there are hundreds of thousands estimated worldwide–while the Hainan black-crested gibbon is one of the rarest monkeys, with less than 30 alive in the world. Regardless of populations, almost every monkey in the world is on the decline and is classified as “endangered” by conservation groups. 

The black-crested gibbon, specifically, is listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Other IUCN critically-endangered monkeys include the gray-headed lemur, the blond capuchin, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, and the Sarawak surili.

A few species of monkeys are defined as being only “vulnerable,” a category that is better than “endangered” under the IUCN rating. Vulnerable monkeys include the black-crowned dwarf marmoset and the Natuna Island surili.

The gelada, a type of baboon found in Ethiopia, is one of the only monkeys to earn the IUCN “Least Concern” ranking.

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