From The Telegraph: All but nine of the world’s 103 lemur species are at risk of extinction according to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and NGO. They could be saved with a £5 million plan to help the poor, it claims: CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE
Even species like Ring-tailed lemurs that breed successfully in captive programs are facing increased risks to their survival because of habitat loss. The biggest threat to ring-tailed lemurs is habitat loss from encroachment and slash and burn agriculture. Madagascar’s southern forests, the lemur catta’s only wild home, are sparse and easily cleared with even the simplest methods or tools for agriculture and other uses. Satellite images of Madagascar suggest that their habitat is disappearing faster than any other on the island. This encroachment is a significant reason for their ‘near threatened’ status on the IUCN Red List.
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