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Nearly half of all primates are in danger of becoming extinct, according to a study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Habitat destruction and hunting for food and the illegal wildlife trade are the main threats to the world's 634 primate species – 303 of which are now classed as vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. Here are some of the species under threat.

In pictures: Meet the world's endangered primates

Qinling golden snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus roxellana qinlingensis found in China is an endangered animal

San Francisco Zoo: infant Francois' langur, born September Photo taken by Paul Chamberlain.

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This cute orangutan baby may need a new hairdresser. He is having a bad hair day today, Will go & make an appointment for u

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Funny Cheeky Monkey: Smile break image for the classroom brain break.

Endangered Golden Lion Tamarins

All kids love a piggy back ride from dad, and these two baby Golden Lion Tamarins are no exception. In Tamarin tradition, the father carries the babies, with mom stepping in only to feed them when they feel hungry. (Photo by Chris Balcombe)

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The nest by David Hobcote via "There are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa. These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Uganda.

Monkey - lovely picture

Lion Tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) What a beautiful mane of hair!

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Orangutan baby's bad hair day, reminds me of me when I wake up in the morning!

Undated handout photo issued by Paignton Zoo of a female baby orangutan born at the Zoo last month with her mother. Issue date: Thursday May (Photo by Ray Wiltshire/Paignton Zoo/PA Wire)

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A sadness in the eyes protrays the acceptance of things as they are. Yearns for the wild and days of freedom.------------------------------------Orangutan,San Diego Zoo (by Official San Diego Zoo)

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