State governments have acted positively to protect it, say agencies

The lion-tailed macaque, one of India’s endangered mascot species, is no longer on ‘The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates’ list, after the international body compiling it determined that the State governments had acted positively to protect it. The list of 25 primates is put out by a group of specialist agencies — the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN/Species Survival Commission; the International Primatological Society; Conservation International (CI); and the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation.

Twenty-five primates have been identified as the world’s most endangered species.

CHONGZUO, China: Long ago, in the poverty-stricken hills of southern China, a village banished its children to the forest to feed on wild fruits and leaves. Years later, when food supplies improved, the children's parents returned to the woods to reclaim their young.

ONE of the rarest of the species, the golden langur is facing extinction. Increasing encroachment on their habitat and smuggling have led to a sharp decline in the number of these dazzling