ECOnsider This: All but 9 of the world’s 103 lemur species are at risk of extinction

Fred Eating Fruit Lee Nesler

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

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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.

Learn more about lemurs on our web site: www.lemurreserve.org

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, and education.

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2 thoughts on “ECOnsider This: All but 9 of the world’s 103 lemur species are at risk of extinction

  1. Pingback: ECOnsider This: All but 9 of the world’s 103 lemur species are at risk of extinction | Caowrites's Blog

  2. marianne wood

    We have just spent time in Madagascar. ..and are so shocked at the complete disregard for all nature and natural resourses.. de forestation and over fishhing..fishing of red data species and reef fish. Sickening.
    The lemur situation is of huge concern..we need to know what is being done. Are our worlds lemurs going to survive even if they are rellocated to elsewhere where they can safely increase their population and survive without threat?. Masagascar will loose them and the tourism that they bring to the country.

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