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Saving Primate Lemurs

Written by Rakotomalala On 27 February 2014 @ 11:33 am | 3 Comments

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Mother lemur and her offspring by Tambako on Flickr CC-BY-2.0 [1]

Mother lemur and her offspring by Tambako on Flickr CC-BY-2.0

A group of researchers from Madagascar, Canada, UK and USA published a detailed report in Science that alerts on the possible extinctions of 90% of the known lemurs of Madagascar [2] following the prolonged political crisis in the country.  One of the researcher, Christoph Schwitzer,  explains to the Scientific American the dire consequences of such threat [3]:

lemurs have important ecological and economic roles, and are essential to maintaining Madagascar’s unique forests through seed dispersal and attracting income through ecotourism.

Another researcher, Ian Colquhoun, explains what can be done to protect the unique Malagasy ecosystem [4] in which the lemurs can thrive:

We highlight three key ways to save lemurs: community-based conservation management, the long-term presence of researchers at field sites, and ecotourism.


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[1] Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/2525313302/sizes/z/in/photostream/

[2] possible extinctions of 90% of the known lemurs of Madagascar: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/343/6173/842.figures-only

[3] dire consequences of such threat: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2014/02/24/crisis-madagascar-lemurs-extinction/

[4] can be done to protect the unique Malagasy ecosystem: http://theconversation.com/new-action-plan-to-save-madagascars-at-risk-lemurs-23443

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