IUCN COMMISSION GROUP

IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group

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Overview and description

Description:
Sixty - four percent. 464 of the 719 primate species and subspecies currently recognized are threatened or endangered, due to habitat loss, hunting and live capture. Sixteen percent (117) are ...
Sixty - four percent. 464 of the 719 primate species and subspecies currently recognized are threatened or endangered, due to habitat loss, hunting and live capture. Sixteen percent (117) are Critically Endangered. The IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG) mission is to maintain the current diversity of the order Primates by ensuring the survival of threatened species wherever they occur and providing effective protection for large numbers of primates in areas of high primate diversity and abundance. The PSG has a Zero Extinction policy for all primate species.

Group leadership

Dr Russell MITTERMEIER

Chair

Russell A. Mittermeier is currently Chief Conservation Officer of Re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation), a position he has occupied since 2017. Prior to this position, he served for three ...

Russell A. Mittermeier is currently Chief Conservation Officer of Re:wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation), a position he has occupied since 2017. Prior to this position, he served for three years as Executive Vice Chair at Conservation International and as President of that organization from 1989 to 2014. Trained as a primatologist and herpetologist, he has traveled widely in 169 countries on seven continents and has conducted field work in more than 30 − focusing particularly on Amazonia (especially Brazil and Suriname), the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, and Madagascar. Since 1977, Mittermeier has served as Chairman of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group, and he has been a member of the Steering Committee of the Species Survival Commission since 1982.

At a glance

Official name:
IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group
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