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Greater bamboo lemur removed from most endangered list

16/11/2012 17:30:41

Greater bamboo lemur in Madagascar © The Aspinall Foundation

Conservation efforts rewarded
November 2012. The greater bamboo lemur has been removed from the list of the 25 most endangered primates thanks to efforts of the The Aspinall FoundationConservation International and others in Madagascar.

The Aspinall Foundation has been working in Madagascar to protect the greater bamboo lemur, one of the most endangered primates in the world. The surveys carried out by the conservation charity's teams on the island have resulted in the greater bamboo lemur being removed from the list of the 25 most endangered primates in the world, for the first time in a decade.

Damian Aspinall said: ‘Madagascar is the number one priority in the world for the conservation of primate diversity and the greater bamboo lemur was, until recently, a symbol of the threats facing this remarkable island. Now the species symbolises what can be achieved with vision, passion and tireless commitment to locally relevant conservation.'

Considered highly endangered 5 years ago
Occurring only in the rainforests and bamboo thickets of eastern Madagascar, this unique lemur was considered to be in danger of imminent extinction - just five years ago. Since then, an ambitious collaborative species survival plan, proposed by the UK based charity - The Aspinall Foundation, has resulted in the discovery of several new populations of the highly elusive primate. Backed up by rapid development of community based conservation actions for the majority of these new populations, the future of the species is looking brighter.

300 Greater bamboo lemurs
Tony King, Project Director In Madagascar said: ‘We are now protecting over 300 greater bamboo lemurs at ten sites and one of these sites has recently been inaugurated as the first ever community managed reserve, specifically for the species. These efforts have averted the immediate crisis facing the greater bamboo lemur - however we need to encourage the continued support of local communities to ensure the survival of the lemur for generations to come.'

Still not safe
Many of the threats that have reduced the population to such small numbers still exist. Habitat degradation is still a major concern, combined with the pressure from the rapid population rise in many parts of Madagascar.

Greater bamboo lemur in Madagascar © The Aspinall Foundation 



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The Bamboo Lemurs Compliment The Mouse Lemurs

Mouse lemurs feed on fruit, pollen, and sap of angiosperms. If they were to disappear, then bamboo would overgrow where the angiosperms are at. If bamboo lemurs were to disappear, the angiosperms would overgrow where the bamboo is at. Madagascar needs both its bamboo lemurs and mouse lemurs.

Posted by: Tim Upham | 17 Nov 2012 05:45:47

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