Endangered Amazon Monkeys

Monkeys are our nearest and dearest blood relations and are essential to the health of their neighbouring ecosystems. They help out an extensive collection of plant and animal life, which makes up the Earth's forests, by way of the distribution of seeds and further connections with their environment.

Nevertheless, fifthty percent of the total species of monkeys (262) are being threatened with extermination worldwide. Fifty-eight of these endangered species live in South and Central America, 46 in Asia and 26 in Africa.

List of the 12 critically endangered new world monkeys

Common name Scientific name Countries
Brown-headed Spider Monkey Ateles fusciceps Colombia, Ecuador, Panama
ARKive species - Brown-headed spider monkey (Ateles fusciceps)
Variegated Spider Monkey Ateles hybridus Colombia, Venezuela
ARKive species - Variegated spider monkey (Ateles hybridus)
Cotton-headed Tamarin Saguinus oedipus Columbia
ARKive species - Cotton-headed tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
Northern Muriqui Brachyteles hypoxanthus Brazil
ARKive species - Northern muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus)
Peruvian Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey Oreonax flavicauda Peru
ARKive species - Peruvian yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda)
Blond Titi Monkey Callicebus barbarabrownae Brazil
ARKive species - Blond titi monkey (Callicebus barbarabrownae)
Black-faced Lion Tamarin Leontopithecus caissara Brazil
ARKive species - Black-faced lion tamarin (Leontopithecus caissara)
Blonde Capuchin Cebus flavius Brazil
ARKive species - Blonde capuchin (Cebus flavius)
Colombian Woolly Monkey Lagothrix lugens Colombia
ARKive species - Colombian woolly monkey (Lagothrix lugens)
Ka'apor Capuchin Cebus kaapori Brazil
ARKive species - Ka?apor capuchin (Cebus kaapori)
Black Bearded Saki Chiropotes satanas Brazil
ARKive photo - Bearded saki sleeping in a tree
Yellow-breasted Capuchin Cebus xanthosternos Brazil
ARKive species - Yellow-breasted capuchin (Cebus xanthosternos)

Twenty-four monkeys are adversely in danger out of these, with an incredibly high risk of becoming extinct in the wild almost immediately. Lately, the numbers of these species have dropped dramatically. The list underneath provides 12 examples of monkeys in the world in danger of extinction.

The greatest numbers of endangered monkey species live in South America, where there are extra species of monkeys compared with other continents. Brazil has 40 threatened monkeys, which is much greater than any other countries worldwide. Brazil's monkeys comprise of seven species that are seriously threatened. Columbia and Peru have approximately ten or more species of endangered monkeys.

A number of countries in Asia have an excessive amount of endangered monkeys. Indonesia has 20 species in danger of extinction, plus Vietnam, China and India have a minimum of ten each. Seventy-one percent of Asia's 65 monkey species are believed to be at risk, as well as eight that are significantly threatened.

Endangered species account for 45 percent of Africa's monkeys too, consisting of four vitally at risk. High concentrations of endangered African monkeys happen in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast.

Roloway monkeys (pictured below) might be totally wiped out in Ghana by now and almost so in the Ivory Coast. They no longer exist in lots of Upper Guinean forests, especially parks where they were believed to live not that long ago. Roloways have almost departed from the world because they have been hunted for commercial bushmeat.

roloway monkey

Pennant's red colobus monkeys (pictured below) merely dwell on Bioko Island close to Africa's west coast. Their population dropped by over a staggering 40% in two decades following the opening of a luxury bushmeat market on the island. In 2004, hunters killed about 550 red colobus for bushmeat. The threatened monkeys are not safeguarded enough to avoid the destruction, even though they live in specialist reserves on a tiny piece of the island.

red colobus-monkey

The only places where Tana River red colobus live are the forest patches combined with a 60 kilometre expansion of Kenya's lower Tana River. Fewer than 1,000 of the monkeys continue to hand around. Since 1990, the invasion of people and farming has rocketed. This means that merely half of the primary riparian forest habitat is left; the rest are destroyed. Tana River mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus), is a further monkey which is limited to these forests; it is also just as rare and threatened.

From 1993, Natural Scientist have comprehensively and frequently looked for Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey, however, they have been unsuccessful and not seen a single living one. In 2002, they located one skin in the hands of an Ivory Coast hunter. If not already gone, unfortunately, this red colobus is very close to annihilation.

The Kipunji (pictured below) was first discovered in 2003 by Scientist, which turned out to be a new genus of monkey. Less than 1500 Kipungi stay alive in two mountain forests divided by 350 kilometres. There are fewer than 200 individuals in one of the sites. Hunting and tree cutting are responsible for their extinction.


Simakobu, is a subspecies of this monkey that resides on a collection of islands off the west coast of Sumatra. Its numbers are reducing because tree-dwellers are being plotted and people are relocating into the area. These changes are also endangering three other primates unique to the three different primates exclusive to the Mentawai island forests: Gibbons, Macaques and other Langurs are threatened too for the same reasons.

A maximum of 250 Delacour's langurs are left in the limestone mountains of northern Vietnam. These scare monkeys reside in 19 remote groups, the majority with less than 20 creatures. Over the past five years, certain subpopulations have dropped by 20%. Each year, the conventional medical medicines industry forces the slaughtering of 30 or more of these creatures.

delacour langur

Lately, this indigenous Sri Lankan langur population has dropped by 80% to approximately 10,000 monkeys. Over the last century, growing human settlement and the damage caused to forests has meant the appropriate environment for this threatened monkey has diminished to three exposed forests only.

This freshly recognised douc species numbers 600 to 700 in the middle of Vietnam. It might live in Laos and Cambodia too. Hunting monkeys with traps still carries on today, including at parks and nature reserves. Their habitat is dropping because of illegal logging and growing agriculture too.

The subspecies of variegated or brown spider monkeys are majorly under threat. No reviews exist that tell us where they hang around. Most of the spider monkey's forest environment was demolished and is farmed at this moment. Several of the threatened spider monkeys have been hunted or captured to sell as pets too.

A tiny amount of brown-headed spider monkeys are left in two areas of Ecuador. The tree-dwelling monkeys have been detached from most of their previous radius, including the country's central coast due to hunting and deforestation. We do not know exactly how many of the threatened spider monkeys exist, or if any truly live in Columbia.

Very little is known about the Peruvian yellow-tailed woolly monkeys, besides the fact that they are vanishing. No estimations of their numbers are available, and it is questionable if they still live in Peru's Andes. The threatened monkeys are forced to leave because of the careful illegal logging that takes place, including in safeguarded areas. The mountain forests that confused monkeys rely on are disappearing at an accelerated pace. Finally, they are being shot unlawfully for medals.