This year, the lion-tailed macaque was removed from the list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates, maintained by a group of organizations: the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission, the International Primatological Society, Conservation International, and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation. But as is true for many of the animals on his list, the health of the lion-tailed macaque population is relative. While governmental efforts to preserve the species have been enough to delist the monkeys, that doesn’t mean they’re safe. According to the IUCN, there remain only about 3,500 lion-tailed macaques in the world. And of course, their removal from the list doesn’t shrink it; there are still 25 primates who are simply more endangered.
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