Sometimes, we can forget it’s not just us that will feel the full force of climate change in the future. Some of our closest genetic code cousins on the Planet Earth, Gorillas, Orangutans, Lemurs, Apes, Monkeys and any other type of Primate you can think of – will all feel the force of a shift in sea levels and if they do it will not go well for them.
The problem for Primates is that the embattled species are already under fire from massive deforestation, particularly in Indonesia and Borneo. Then, there is the threat from hunting and the sickening trade that bankrolls the exotic pet industry.
Those studying non-human Primates found that of the 419 species – all will suffer from at least a minimum 10 percent extra warming than the global average. This is clearly down to the exposure to warmer climes inhabited by Lories, Tarsiers, Lemurs, Apes, and Monkeys in general.
The worst-affected hotspots for global warming appear to be in the areas of Central America, Amazon jungle, vast rain forests of South Brazil, Eastern Asia and Southern Asian jungles like Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Papa New Guinea. These are the key areas where primates live and the place they call home.
The highest magnitude of climate change is expected to affect the Barbary ape macaque as well as the Howler Monkeys. This takes into consideration both warming and rainfall amounts. They will experience a whopping 1.2c warming annually in its Venezuelan jungle home.
There will also be a five percent decrease in rainfall – this is attributed to the constant deforestation of the jungle in that country. As the trees are razed to make way for the logging industry and to create land for palm fields and cattle ranches, the rainfall will simply decline as the water cycle is interrupted and evaporation is reduced.
Chimpanzees share approximately 99 percent of our DNA
We are living in a different world now and climate change will directly affect us humans, but equally everything on the planet is facing climate change. So spare a thought for the 419 species that make up our non-human primates and know that they will find life even tougher than us.