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A quarter of all ape species is threatened with extinction. Apes like the Chimpansee, the Bonobo, the Javan Lutung, the Wanderoe and the Nose ape are examples of threatened apes. A reason why apes are threatened, is that they are captured for human consumption. In some cultures, people think eating certain apes will provide magical powers or will raise their potency.

ApeMore alarming, the extinction of a group of apes can be the beginning of extinction of another group. Apes spread seeds of trees and plants of which other apes need to survive. If one group of apes doesn't spread the seeds anymore, other groups may lose their food supply. Seventy percent of all ape species are threatened by a reduction of their habitat. Humans are directly or indirectly responsible for this. Living area's are reduced because of mining, roads, dams, farming and logging. Apes are increasingly threatened by inbreeding and diseases, as well as regional and global trade in apes or ape-parts.

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Plants & Animals News -- ScienceDaily

What sets primates apart from other mammals? - Researchers have discovered information about a gene that sets primates -- great apes and humans -- apart from other mammals, through the study of a rare developmental brain disorder.
Weirdly shaped mouse sperm can be used to tell species apart - Lots of rodent species look nearly identical, and it's hard to tell them apart using DNA. But scientists have found a new way to distinguish one species from another: the shape of their sperm. Closely related species can have sperm with radically different shapes, with sperm head shapes ranging from smooth and rounded to 'soft-serve ice cream cone.' And that means scientists have a new means of telling them apart.
Recycle your old mobile phone to save gorilla populations - The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new paper.