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Study: Indigenous lands key to nonhuman primate survival

The declining population of non-human primates, like monkeys, apes, tarsiers or prosimians, mainly due to deforestation and habitat loss, has long been a concern for researchers. At least 68% of all primates are in danger of extinction, while 93% have declining populations globally.

But a new study released Wednesday in Science magazine, shows that primates have healthier populations when their range overlaps with Indigenous peoples’ lands. The authors conclude that, in order to save primates, we need to protect Indigenous autonomy over their territory.

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