Abstract # 1830 Event # 183:

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2006 08:00 PM-10:00 PM: Session 30 (Kidepo) Workshop

World's Most Endangered Primates

R. A. Mittermeier, A. B. Rylands and J. M. Aguiar
Conservation International, Washington D.C., USA
     The Top 25 List of the world’s most endangered primates is a conservation outreach tool developed by the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group. The list is revised on a biannual basis with substantial input from field primatologists at each IPS Congress. Drawn from the disturbingly large pool of critically endangered primates, the Top 25 List highlights representative taxa to illustrate the overwhelming threats to primate diversity. Our aim is not to offer a prioritized list for conservation triage, but rather to provide examples of the fragile state of the world’s rarest primate taxa from geographic regions where their situation appears most dire. We target a global audience – especially those nations where primates exist, or where policies and patterns of consumption feed the countless threats. The Top 25 List is thus a media interface between those aware of the primate crisis, and those best able to address it. Frequent revision of the list allows it to emphasize taxa and regions which would benefit from timely exposure in the media. This is clearly seen by the recent awareness of the many endangered taxa surviving in Vietnam, as well as concentrations of critically imperiled primates in Sri Lanka, eastern Africa, Madagascar and southeastern Brazil. We encourage all primatologists to attend this session and contribute their observations – for only with fresh information will the list be at its most effective.