There are clearly signs of hope for the world's primates. We have not lost a single primate species to extinction in more than a century -- a better record than most other groups of larger vertebrates.
As we recently reported in Science magazine, biodiversity has continued to decline over the past four decades. This is largely due to increased pressures resulting from human population economic growth.
With all of us naturally drawn to the continually unfolding disaster of the BP Oil Spill, an important assessment of how the world is doing on protecting wildlife slipped under the radar screen for most of us.