© K. Yoganand/WWF-Greater Mekong
Primates of the Greater Mekong: Status, Threats and Conservation Efforts
A remarkable 44 species of primates call the Greater Mekong home, with 19 species endemic to the region and some existing in only one country or a small part of a landscape.

But many of these species are severely threatened by habitat degradation and hunting driven by trade and consumption for meat and traditional medicine. A quarter of the species in the region are classified as Critically Endangered, and about half are Endangered in the IUCN Red List. In the latest Red List assessments, a quarter of the primate species in the region showed increased extinction risk compared to previous assessments, while the the rest showed no reduction in extinction risk.  Urgent and targeted conservation efforts must be taken to protect the incredible diversity of primates in the Greater Mekong.


© K. Yoganand / WWF-Greater Mekong

At a glance

Primate species occurrence by country:

Cambodia: 13
Laos: 19
Myanmar: 20
Thailand: 18
Viet Nam: 24

Endemic species: 19 in the Greater Mekong

IUCN Red List Status:

Critically Endangered: 11 + 1 proposed
Endangered: 21
Vulnerable: 7
Near Threatened: 3
Least Concern: 1