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Eco Map- The Earth Needs You!

Every year, 15.3 billion trees are cut down, 76 million tons of pollution is put into the atmosphere, sea level rises 3.4 millimeters, and at least 1 million animals die of air pollution or plastic. This may come as a huge disappointment, especially for those who love the natural environment;  however, this is the harsh truth that needs to be addressed immediately. We realized there are far too many environmental issues occurring throughout the world and we can’t be in […]

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A New Project to Build Communication and Outreach Capacity for Malagasy Organizations

We are very happy to launch our new project “Building communication and outreach capacity for Malagasy organizations to grow local knowledge and support for lemur conservation in Madagascar”! This project addresses the need for more education and information about lemurs, their importance, and their conservation in the Malagasy language. Additionally, it responds to the challenges faced by Malagasy conservation organizations when communicating their work to local, national, and global audiences. This project will benefit the conservation of more than 26 lemur […]

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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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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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