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Memoir Brings Readers on an Epic Adventure Saving Lemurs in Madagascar

When I first heard that giant lemurs had once roamed the earth, I was fascinated and devasted. Fascinated to learn that at one point in our planet’s history there had been at least 17 large-bodied species of lemur, the largest of which is estimated to have weighed 160 kg. But I was devastated because researchers think these giant lemurs may have been around as recently as 500 years ago. I had just missed them. Today, there are 111 species and […]

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Saving the lemurs of Tsitongambarika: Madagascar’s southernmost rainforest

Deforestation and hunting by humans have devastated the lemur community in the Tsitongambarika humid forest in the south-east corner of Madagascar. The area is one of the largest expanses of lowland humid forest remaining in the country, and home of seven lemur species – all little known and now highly threatened. In 2009 the Malagasy government declared Tsitongambarika a Protected Area, banning tree cutting and hunting. Forest clearance for traditional tavy agriculture and a high dependency on forest resources for […]

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Black and white ruffed lemurs are pollinators. Photo: Mathias Appel.

Tales of a Lemur’s Apprentice #3

Hello again lemur fanatics. I’m back and I would like to talk about Black and White Ruffed Lemurs. The clue is in their name, easily recognisable by their fluffy back and white fur. At Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, there are three Female Black and White Ruffed Lemurs. For their safety and everyone who visits the Park’s safety, the lemurs are kept in their own spacious enclosure. Ruffed lemurs are very territorial. If they were in the walkthrough, they would […]

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About Frontier’s Research Programme in Madagascar

Frontier’s research programme in Madagascar features three core surveys: monitoring the populations of lemuriformes, herpetiles and avifauna; and examining the impact of habitat degradation on their diversity. The avifauna is monitored using point count surveys, while lemuriformes and herpetiles are studied using transect surveys. Frontier conducts research in the South-East of Nosy Be, Madagascar’s largest offshore island, next to Lokobe National Park. Frontier’s research area therefore contains a variety of terrestrial habitats, including both primary native forest and heavily degraded areas; […]

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Top 10 Facts About Lemurs

Wildlife gives the earth positive energy with its different varieties. What’s interesting is how most people know little lemur facts. Lemurs are brilliant mammals whose endangered existence we will try to protect with these amazing lemur facts. What loves to bask in the early sunlight, has sweat glands in their wrists, and is the national animal for Madagascar? If you said the lemur, then you guessed right. They’re incredibly adorable and have humanoid characteristics that make them relatable. Lemurs are […]

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Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) in Nahampoana Reserve, species of lemurs that are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Photo credit: Domoina R.

My endless love story with Lemurs and Madagascar (part 2)

Dear Fellow Lemur Lovers, My name is Domoina Ranjatoelina and this is my second article on Lemur Conservation Network’s blog. It took me a while to write this second blogpost, as I was traveling quite a lot lately and wanted to gather enough pictures and information from my travels. One of my favorite shots I recently took was this Malagasy sunset. Isn’t this gorgeous? I shared my first blogpost on my social media last time and got really good feedback […]

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Summer fruit stall in Antananarivo. Credit: Domoina R.

My Endless Love Story with Lemurs and Madagascar

Hello Fellow Lemur Lovers and thanks in advance for reading my blog post. A Little About Me My name is Domoina and this is my first time blogging about lemurs, so please forgive me if my blogging skills are not top notch yet. As my first name may suggest, I originally come from the beautiful island of Madagascar. I am from Antananarivo (or Tana), the capital city of Madagascar, but I have lived in Canada for the past 4 years. […]

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