Curiosity

Researchers are alarmed: Monkeys are disappearing

Zoologists are alarmed as great apes, including bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, are disappearing.

In an article published in "Phys" on Thursday, it is said that humans have hunted many such monkeys in the habitats where they live, leading to a decrease in their presence.

Currently, five out of seven monkey species are listed as critically endangered, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has announced.

Traditional methods of preserving them have helped, but these have not been enough, say researchers from the University of Michigan in the United States of America (USA).

Experts have recommended that special areas be protected, specialized teams be funded to look after them and the latest technology be used to create favorable habitats. Even the extraction of fuels, the search for areas that have the potential to find precious minerals, are said to have caused the destruction of areas where monkeys live.

Orangutans are reportedly being killed by humans to be sold or injured to be sold to zoos.

What is the role of monkeys in the ecosystem?

Monkeys consume fruits and other plants and then disperse the seeds in different environments, which help the distribution and growth of vegetation in the ecosystem.

They are considered predators of insects and small animals, which influence keeping them under control.

Monkeys also maintain the health of forests and other ecosystems.