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Today is the 10th International Primate Day, a day that was founded in 2005 by the Animal Defenders International (ADI) in an effort to legislators. ADI attempts to prohibit the capture of wild animals. More specifically, organizations are working to take measures against using primates as pets as well as in entertainment and research.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than one third of primates are considered to be critically endangered or vulnerable. Poaching is a huge problem and threat against primates, and animals with larger bodies are at an increased risk of extinction since they're more profitable for poachers.

Madagascar has experienced the greatest losses, with 15 large species becoming extinct as a result of habit destruction and hunting. The ADI specifically states that the government "must do more to help primates in peril both in the wild and captivity." While the day globally highlights threats to primates, and this year, ADI is specifically focusing on putting an end to testing monkeys for disease research.

Jan Creamer, the president of ADI, said:

See the gallery below for photos of adorable primates:

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Ring-tailed lemurs are pictured at Zoom Torino, a zoological park in Cumiana near Turin, on April 22, 2015. Zoom Torino is a new immersive zoological park, where animals can be seen without bars or cages, only natural barriers ensure the visit. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
A ring-tailed lemur is pictured at Zoom Torino, a zoological park in Cumiana near Turin, on April 22, 2015. Zoom Torino is a new immersive zoological park, where animals can be seen without bars or cages, only natural barriers ensure the visit. AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
A male crowned lemur is pictured at the La Haute Touche zoological park in Obterre, on July 18, 2014. Two pairs of twin crowned lemurs were born on May 2014 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
A ring-tailed lemur carries her twins through their enclosure at the zo in Eberswalde, eastern Germany, on March 24, 2014. In the wild, ring-tailed lemurs are endemic to Madagascar. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PATRICK PLEUL / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images)
A lemur eats a grape from a fruit and vegetable cake during the celebration of Argentine Animals Day at the zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday April, 29, 2005. Argentinians recognize Day of the Animal on April 29 of each year. The day honors the anniversary of the death of Don Ignacio Albarracin, a man who fought for a law to protect animals from abuse and hunting. Seventy-nine years after his death in 1926, the day still serves as a reminder to appreciate animals. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
An endangered Slow Loris looks on from an enclosure in the state zoological park in Gauhati, India, Saturday, June 24, 2006. The Slow Loris was rescued by villagers of Chandrapur, about 25 kilometers (16 miles) east of Gauhati, and handed over to the zoo officials on Thursday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - DECEMBER 21: (CHINA OUT) Workers feed water to a Slow Loris at the Guangdong Wild Animal Rescue Centre on December 21, 2004 in Guangzhou, China. Many protected species at the Centre have been seized by Police from illegal traders. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
A marmoset rests in the palm of the Forest Department in Madras, India, Friday, July 28, 2006. The wide eyed primate that is only a little bigger than the size of a palm and identified as a marmoset, a monkey species belonging to the rainforests of Latin America, was rescued by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) from a restaurant and handed over to the Forest Department. (AP Photo /M.Lakshman)
Baby black-tailed marmoset clings to its mother's back at Chiba Zoological Park in Chiba, near Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009.(AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
A silvery marmoset looks up at the Central Park Zoo in New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
LINCOLN, NE - UNDATED. EXCLUSIVE: At Four weeks old Reillo holds onto a scourer that simulates the hold he would have on his absent father on June 02, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born weighing the same as three ten pence pieces and only as long as a human thumb, little Reillo is quite possibly the world's smallest monkey. Abandoned by his parents soon after birth, tiny Reillo was nursed to health by 26-year old Sarah Jurgens, his human mum. Now three months old and chirping at the sight of her, little Reillo the pygmy marmoset has grown to five inches long and is thought to be the world's only surviving hand raised marmoset this year. Weighing in at a healthy 60 grams, Reillo was intensively cared for by Sarah at Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska round the clock. (Photo by Sarah Jurgens / Barcroft USA / Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Marmoset monkeys are displayed at the New York Times 2012 Travel show at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on March 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
AUSTRIA, Vienna : A cotton-top tamarin, one of the smallest New World monkeys, rests in a rain forest section of the Haus Des Meeres building in Vienna, Austria on June 9, 2015. Haus Des Meeres, built during the World War II as one of the four Vienna’s anti aircraft gun and battle towers, hosts an Aqua-Terra Zoo where visitors also can get a view of the city from the 9th floor open air terrace. (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
A three-month-old Pied tamarin (Saguinus Bicolor) is pictured with its mother in their enclosure on July 8, 2011 at the zoo in Mulhouse, northeastern France. Every year there are about 250 to 350 births at the Mulhouse zoo. Some young animals, once weaned, can be introduced in protected zones of their original region. If not, they go to other zoos to make up other families. Genetic mixing is necessary for the animals' health and the survival of the species. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the pied tamarin twin babies sits on the back of its brother Pico, left, and besides the mother Lia, right, at the zoo in Erfurt, Germany, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The two babies, whose gender is not yet known, were born on July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
In this Oct. 10, 2012 photo, a golden lion tamarin sits on a branch in the Atlantic Forest region of Silva Jardim, in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro. The charismatic little monkey is bouncing back from near extinction just in time to run for mascot of Rio's 2016 Olympics. The recovery effort that raised their population to 1,700 has become an international example of effective conservation, top experts say. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Two little Golden Lion Tamarin hang on their father at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2012. The small twins were born only six weeks ago. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
A little Golden Lion Tamarin watches at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Thursday, May 3, 2012. Two tlittle lion apes were born only six weeks ago. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
FILE - In this May 31, 2013 file photo Canadian singer Justin Bieber's former pet the capuchin monkey named Mally stretches out its tongue in its quarantine room at the new home in an animal park near Hodenhagen, northern Germany. German authorities have posted a public notice urging Justin Bieber to get in touch with them about an unpaid bill for his former pet monkey Mally. Bieber failed to produce the necessary vaccination and import papers for the monkey when he arrived for a European tour in March. Mally became the property of the German government in May when the Canadian singer failed to claim his pet. A spokesman for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation says Bieber has one week to pay 1,130 euros ($1,500) for the monkey's care. Franz Boehmer said Tuesday, July 30, 2013 that otherwise customs officials "have ways of making him pay" next time he enters Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Holger Hollemann)
(GERMANY OUT) Zoologischer Garten Berlin Berlin / 04.08.2014 Affenpapa im Zoo Pfleger Burkhard Grüneberg zieht zur Zeit wieder einen Braunen Kapuziner Affen ( Charlotte ) mit der Hand auf. Vorher hat er schon den Braunen Kapuziner Sina und Teresina mit der Hand aufgezogen. Bild-Motiv: Brauner Kapuziner Teresina beaeugt interessiert die BZ. (Photo by Olaf Wagner/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
The capuchin monkey 'Mally' formerly owned by Canadian singer Justin Bieber (not in pic) plays in his new home the Serengeti-Park in Hodenhagen, northern Germany, on June 26, 2013. The German customs authority confiscated the monkey in March 2013 while Justin Bieber arrived at the Munich airport. AFP PHOTO / CARMEN JASPERSEN (Photo credit should read CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The capuchin monkey 'Mally' formerly owned by Canadian singer Justin Bieber (not in pic) plays in his new home the Serengeti-Park in Hodenhagen, northern Germany, on June 26, 2013. The German customs authority confiscated the monkey in March 2013 while Justin Bieber arrived at the Munich airport. AFP PHOTO / CARMEN JASPERSEN (Photo credit should read CARMEN JASPERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 13: Vale, a four week old red titi monkey, sits on his dad Thiago's back in the rainforest biome at London Zoo on February 13, 2008 in England. The tiny monkey was born to parents Yara and Thiago in January 2008. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Titi monkey Ramona (right) a breeding female sits in her cage with her one-year-old daughter, Hermione, at University of California Davis Primate Center, January 16, 2007, in Davis, California. (Photo by Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
A male white-faced saki monkey is seen in its pen at the Ben Shemen Monkey Park in Ben Shemen, central Israel, Sunday, April 9, 2006. The White-faced Saki, also known as the Guyanan Saki and the Golden-faced Saki is found in Brazil, French Guyana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner)
Red howler monkey Taima plays in the enclosure in the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/dpa,Hauke-Christian Dittrich)
A volunteer carries a baby red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), during its recovery at the Santa fe zoo, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on December 17, 2013. Eight monkeys who had been under the care of the Santa Fe zoo as part of a wildlife conservation program after they were are torn away from their families in the forests and sold by traffickers to travelers within the country, were released into the wild. The red howler monkeys are an endangered species, which makes them attractive to wildlife traders. AFP PHOTO/Raul ARBOLEDA (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Germany Berlin Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) - zoo Zoologischer Garten, Black howler (Alouatta caraya) with baby born on 02.03.2011 (Photo by Günter Peters/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) are seen at the national zoo in San Salvador on July 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Marvin RECINOS (Photo credit should read Marvin RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)
A baby Spider Monkey named Estela (R) plays with her grandmother Sonya at Melbourne Zoo on May 6, 2011. Estela was abandoned at birth by her mother Sunshine, and it has taken 24/7 care from Primate Department Keepers to pull the tiny newborn through since her birth on January 17, 2011. The baby Spider Monkey which is native to Central America, is currently receiving six feeds of formula a day and is now slowly being introduced to solid foods. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
A Central American spider monkey, or black-handed spider monkey, (Ateles Geoffroyi) 2 months old, rests at the Juigalpa zoo, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) east of Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
YUNCHENG, CHINA - JUNE 28: (CHINA OUT) A macaque eats on Lishan Mountain on June 28, 2015 in Yuncheng, Shanxi province of China. Lishan Mountain is situated in west China's Yuncheng in Shanxi province which is famouse for Lishan Lishan National Nature Reserve, the unique geological and geomorphological AAAA grade scenic area. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
GUIYANG, CHINA - JUNE 22: (CHINA OUT) A mother macaque holds baby macaque in Qianling Mountain on last day of Dragon Boat Festival holiday on June 22, 2015 in Guiyang, Guizhou province of China. Dragon Boat Festival holiday continued on June 22 and visitors went on their entertainment time. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
A Japanese snow monkey relaxes in a hot spring in the Jigokudani valley in northern Nagano Prefecture in Japan Friday, Feb 10, 2012. The macaques descend from the forests to the warm waters of the hot springs in the mornings, and return to the security of the forests in the evenings. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
A long-tailed macaque licks a block of frozen bananas Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, during an annual festival at Wat Prang Sam Yot to honor the monkeys in Lopburi, Thailand. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Baboons roam the Ngorongoro Crater, west of Arusha, northern Tanzania, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. According to Tanzanian officials, the crater was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption and collapse three millions years ago and is now one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
A hamadryas baboon cub sits on the back of its mother in their enclosure at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The baboon is one of four young that were born during the last weeks at the zoo. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Drill monkey baby Pinto plays in the enclosure at the zoo Hellabrunn in Munich, southern Germany on July 22, 2015. The male monkey was born on June 24, 2015 at the zoo and is the third baby of 10 year-old Kaduna. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 03: Silvery gibbon Alangalang holds her seven-old-day baby at Prague Zoo on August 3, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. According to Prague Zoo, the baby is the first silvery gibbon to be born in the Czech Republic. Silvery gibbons can only be found in the wild on the island of Java, and have lived in captivity at Prague Zoo since 2014, only the second zoo in continental Europe after Munich in Germany to keep these endangered primates. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)
An approximately 8 year-old male orangutan named Siamang reacts under the influence of tranquilizer as it's being prepared to be released into the wild at a rehabilitation center in Kuta Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Friday, July 10, 2015. The orangutans at the center were mostly rescued from palm oil plantations or confiscated from homes where they were kept as pet animals. Orangutan populations in Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra island are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching. Conservationists predicted that without immediate action, orangutans are likely to be the first great ape to become extinct in the wild. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
The orangutan named Sandra sits in her enclosure at Buenos Aires' Zoo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. An Argentine court has ruled that Sandra, who has spent 20 years at the zoo, is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans. The ruling would free Sandra from captivity and have her transferred to a nature sanctuary after a court recognized that the primate has some basic human rights. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
A baby chimpanzee relaxes on its mother Swela at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The baby was born on April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A three-days old bonobo baby sleeps on the belly of its mother Kutu in the zoo in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ZOOM DOSSO This photo taken on June 29, 2015 shows the feeding of chimpanzees from Monkey Island, a celebrated colony of former research lab captives on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia. The colony of 66 chimps has been at the centre of an international storm, however, since the New York-based blood bank funding it announced in March it was stopping the cash. The only significant inhabitants of the six islets, the chimps have been living an idyllic existence, fed by human volunteers on their very own 'Planet of the Apes' -- a nickname given to the archipelago by local media. AFP PHOTO / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: In this handout photo provided by Taronga Zoo, a chimpanzee enjoys an Easter treat at Taronga Zoo on March 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Taronga's Chimpanzee group got some colourful Easter challenges this week when they cracked 30 paper mache eggs carefully placed in the exhibit by keepers. Instead of chocolate, the eggs were filled with a special treat of popcorn, sultanas and pellets and then were hidden as much as possible in logs or positioned high up in the exhibit. (Photo by Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: A baby male chimpanzee is carried by his mother 'Kuma' (L) at Taronga Zoo on October 25, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The baby Chimpanzee was born to mother Kuma in the Zoo's chimpanzee sanctuary last week. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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