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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)
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)
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)
(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 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)
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)
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)
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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