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Professional Resources for Research and Conservation

Indris in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve. Photo: Lynne Venart

Scientists, conservationists, and other professionals must all work together to save lemurs from extinction.

It is key for the the lemur conservation community to collaborate with each other and share knowledge and experiences. These professional resources can help further your research and build connections for collaboration.


IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group

IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group

The IUCN Primate Specialist Group is a network of scientists and conservationists who promote research on the ecology and conservation of hundreds of primate species. The Madagascar Section focuses on lemurs.

IUCN Save Our Species (SOS)

SOS Lemurs is a 5 year initiative launched to support lemur conservation, in particular through the implementation of the IUCN/SSC Lemur Conservation Strategy. The SOS Newsletter shares news about conservation around the world, including in Madagascar.

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species assesses the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and subpopulations. It highlights species threatened with extinction, and promotes their conservation. Use their search tool to find information on lemurs and their endangered status.

Red-shanked Douc langur (Pygathrix nemaeus), Son Tra Mountain, Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo by Russell A. Mittermeier

Primate Watching and Life Listing

Bird-watching is a multi-million dollar industry. The IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group hopes to make primate watching and life-listing the next big phenomenon in wildlife tourism. Visit the website to read guidelines and ethical considerations for primate watching and life-listing.


Lemurs of Madagascar: A Strategy for their Conservation 2013–2016

The lemur action plan was published on February 21, 2014 in the journal Science. This important document was created at the Lemur Red-listing and Conservation Planning Workshop organized by the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group in July 2012, the first in a series of workshops to re-assess all mammals for the IUCN Red List. The workshop took place in Antananarivo, Madagascar, and was attended by more than 60 lemur experts, about 40 of whom were from Madagascar.

Best Practice Guidelines for Responsible Primate Watching for Tourists

Recommendations for responsible primate-watching by an interdisciplinary group of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group Section on Human-Primate Interactions (SHPI).

Best Practice Guidelines for Responsible Images of Non-Human Primates

Photos or videos can draw the attention of millions of people to primate conservation and welfare. However, if the context of the images is inappropriate, unclear, or lost, people may draw mistaken conclusions about the content.


Lemur News

Lemur News is the annual newsletter of the Madagascar section of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialists Group. It publishes research dealing with lemurs and their habitat, provides a forum for exchange of information about lemur biology and conservation, and alerts people to threats facing lemurs.

Madagascar Conservation & Development

Madagascar Conservation & Development is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal focused on research in and on Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean islands.

Primate Conservation

Primate Conservation is a journal of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. It publishes conservation research on primate species — in particular status surveys and studies on distribution. Primate Conservation is also an ideal forum for longer articles, and has the flexibility to publish a variety of supporting materials such as color illustrations.


Madagascar Lemurs Portal

Madagascar Lemurs Portal

Available in English, French, and Malagasy, the Madagascar Lemurs Portal provides an online forum for sharing information about lemurs, research, sightings, and opportunities.


Primate Info Net

From the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Primate Info Net covers the broad field of primatology, providing resources about non-human primates in research, education and conservation. Find Primates in the News, Primate Fact Sheets, job board, discussion group, and more.

Protected Planet

Protected Planet is the authoritative source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). It exists due to the extensive efforts of governments and other stakeholders to map, monitor and report data on protected areas and OECMs. Explore the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), World Database on OECMs, Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (GD-PAME), and a wealth of associated information.

Webinar Series from the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

The 2020 ATBC Conference was postponed due to Covid-19, so they published a series of webinars. Topics address careers, writing skills, communicating about conservation, impacts of Covid-19, climate change, and more.

LCN Conservation Optimism Panel Discussion

List of 2020 Primatology Virtual Events

Primatologist Laura Martínez-Íñigo compiled this extensive list of virtual events related to primatology in 2020.

Mongabay’s Conservation in Madagascar Series

This series of articles from Mongabay investigates the effectiveness of past conservation spending in Madagascar, examining the factors that contribute to or hinder success, with the aim of informing future investments.