Madagascar's beloved ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) were never considered a species in danger until recently. Their populations have rapidly decreased 20 fold since 2000, according to two different groups of scientists that conducted simultaneous but independent research, published in Primate Conservation and Folia Primatologica.
The scientists are sure that the main factor for the ring-tailed lemurs' disappearing is human intervention: quick habitat loss, hunting and illegal pet trade. About as many as 2,000 lemurs are kept in captivity.
According to the researchers, the ring-tailed lemurs are likely to feature the list of the world's 25 most endangered primates due out in 2017.
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