Peru Woolly monkey facing extinction

Living in Peru
Israel Ruiz

The Yellow-tailed Woolly monkey, which lives in Peru’s rainforests, has been included in a list of the 25 most endangered primates in the world.

Specialists stated that the monkey had been declared endangered because of the destruction of Peru’s rainforests and the migration of humans to the area.

"There are currently less than 1,000 monkeys, which for a species is nothing, that’s why this monkey is just a step from extinction," said Fanny Cornejo, a researcher at the University of San Marcos.

She pointed out that the Woolly monkey had been on the International Primatological Society’s "Most endangered species in the world" list since 2006.

At an international conference in Scotland, Cornejo stated the animal was completely helpless in Peru, thus confirming the IPS’s decision to keep the monkey among the top 25 most endangered primates.

"The main threat these animals face is the destruction of the rainforests and the migration of humans that invade the areas where they live," said Cornejo.

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