THE WORLDS MOST ENDANGERED PRIMATE2012-07-14 at 04:57 pm Blog RSS
Yes my friends it’s time that we all start to pay attention to the worlds most endangered primate,and for that matter all of our endangered species…..because if not us then who,and if not now then when ?
The following article and video are for your consideration ……
Madagascar’s Lemurs are the most threatened primate in the world:
conservation.org | 14 July, 2012 10:03
Leading conservationists have gathered at a workshop of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species
Survival Commission this week to review the conservation status of the world’s 103 lemur species – the most endangered
primate group in the world.
The results of the conference have today been announced, highlighting that many lemur species are on the very brink of
extinction due primarily to habitat loss, and in need of urgent and effective protection measures.
The conservation status of 91 per cent of the world’s lemur species have now been upgraded to either ‘Critically Endangered’,
‘Endangered’ or ‘Vulnerable’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species – an
indicator of rampant forest loss which additionally endangers vital ecosystem services that support Madagascar’s people.
Of the world’s 103 different species of lemurs, 23 are now considered ‘Critically Endangered’, 52 are ‘Endangered, 19 are
‘Vulnerable’ and three are ‘Near Threatened’. Just three lemur species are listed as ‘Least Concern’. A previous assessment
carried out in 2005 as part of a Global Mammal Assessment identified 10 species as ‘Critically Endangered’, 21 as
‘Endangered’, and 17 as ‘Vulnerable’, already a very high number. However, given the recent increases in the number of new
species and the fact that the level of threat has increased over the past three years, the experts decided to carry out a
reassessment of Madagascar’s lemur fauna.
Lemurs are in danger of becoming extinct by destruction of their tropical forest habitat on their native island of
Madagascar, off Africa’s Indian Ocean coast, where political uncertainty has increased poverty and accelerated illegal
logging. Hunting of these animals has also emerged as a more serious threat than previously imagined.
Dr Christoph Schwitzer, Head of Research at Bristol Zoo Gardens, is a world leading primatologist and is on the organising
committee for the conference in his role as advisor on Madagascar’s primates and the Red List authority for the IUCN Species
Survival Commission’s (SSC) Primate Specialist Group.
He explained the significance of the lemur assessments: “The results of our review workshop this week have been quite a shock
as they show that Madagascar has, by far, the highest proportion of threatened species of any primate habitat region or any
one country in the world. As a result, we now believe that lemurs are probably the most endangered of any group of
Among the most spectacular species of lemurs assessed as ‘Critically Endangered’ this week is the indri, the largest of the
living lemurs and a species of symbolic value comparable to that of China’s giant panda, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, at 30
grams the world’s smallest primate, and the blue-eyed black lemur, the only primate species other than humans that has blue
eyes. Probably the rarest lemur is the northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis), of which there are only 18 known
Dr. Russell Mittermeier, President of Conservation International and Chair of IUCN/SSC’s Primate Specialist Group, said:
“This new assessment highlights the very high extinction risk faced by Madagascar’s unique lemur fauna and it is indicative
of the grave threats to Madagascar biodiversity as a whole, which is vital to supporting its people. As the forests go, so do
lemurs and a host of benefits derived from them.”
“Madagascar’s unique and wonderful species are its greatest asset and its most distinctive brand and the basis for a major
tourism industry that continues to grow in spite of the current political problems.
The workshop, held in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, also included a welcome speech by British entrepreneur, Sir
Richard Branson, who is a great fan of lemurs and welcomed the work being done by conservationists to protect these rare
creatures. The workshop also had the support of the Ambatovy Nickel Mining Project, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species
Conservation Fund and the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation.
Delegates, who have attended the conference from the UK, Madagascar, the United States, Canada, India, Germany, Italy and
France, are now working together to establish a Conservation Action Plan to protect the most threatened lemurs over the
Dr Schwitzer said: “This conference is a good example of the growing importance of collaboration between the international
conservation, research and zoo communities in the protection of species and habitats. At Bristol Zoo Gardens, we will
continue our conservation and research with the aim of increasing the effectiveness of the conservation activities, as well
as increasing our understanding of these, and other, critically endangered species.”
A more positive outcome of the conference has been the discovery of a previously unknown species of lemur – a type of mouse
lemur – discovered by Peter Kappeler and his team at the German Primate Center. The new species is found in the Marolambo
area of eastern Madagascar. A formal description of the species has not yet been published, meaning it has not yet been given
a name. This is the 103 kinds of lemur known to man.
Madagascar has some of the world’s most unique animals but over 100 species that live here are on the edge of extinction. The amazing ‘dancing’ Sifika. The Gremlin like Aye Aye. Chameleons, Spiders, Radiated Tortoises and the recently discovered Golden Bamboo Lemur are all battling for survival.
Thank you my friends
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