ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "lemur"

Extinction Countdown

Crisis in Madagascar: 90 Percent of Lemur Species Are Threatened with Extinction

lemur

Madagascar’s 101 lemur species are “the most threatened mammal group on Earth,” according to a new policy paper published last week in Science. The famous primates have suffered over the past five years, since the start of the country’s political crisis and resulting wave of violent unrest and environmental crime. “Since the 2009 political crisis [...]

Keep reading »
Extinction Countdown

Diminutive, but not disappeared: Rare dwarf lemur rediscovered 100 years after last sighting

Sibree

Last week, we told you about some of the bad news in Madagascar, a nation whose political troubles have created a thriving illegal economy for rare wildlife species. But here’s some good news from that same country: a species of lemur not seen in 100 years has been rediscovered. Scientists have long believed that the [...]

Keep reading »
Extinction Countdown

Lemur poaching on the rise due to unrest in Madagascar

crowned lemur

Endangered lemurs have become luxury items on the menus of some Madagascar restaurants, reports Conservation International (CI) and its local partner, the environmental nonprofit Fanamby. The Indian Ocean island nation has experienced political upheaval in recent months, with its president stepping down in March under intense pressure. The unrest has resulted in Madagascar’s suspension from [...]

Keep reading »
The Thoughtful Animal

Eavesdropping Lemurs Tune Into the Forest Soundtrack to Survive

sportive lemur

One of the ways that primates avoid predators is with the use of alarm calls. If a lemur, monkey, or ape detects a predator, he or she shrieks, warning the rest of the social group. These alarm calls are automatic and reflexive. Just as you can’t help but kick you leg when the doctor strikes [...]

Keep reading »
The Thoughtful Animal

More Friends Make Lemurs Better Thieves (But What Does It Mean For Brain Evolution?)

Lemur Brown_Lemur_in_Andasibe

Highly social lemurs are better thieves than their less-social cousins. On its surface, this isn’t particularly surprising. The social intelligence hypothesis claims that the evolution of primate intelligence was driven by the need to predict and manipulate the behavior of others. So the more a primate species has to keep track of social relationships, the [...]

Keep reading »
The Thoughtful Animal

Book Review: Mireya Mayor’s “Pink Boots and a Machete”

As a child – okay, even still as an adult – I couldn’t get enough of adventure stories with animals at the center, whether in text or on the screen. Jack London’s Call of the Wild comes to mind, or Disney’s The Jungle Book. More recently, books like Bonobo Handshake, by Vanessa Woods (see my [...]

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American MIND iPad

Give a Gift & Get a Gift - Free!

Give a 1 year subscription as low as $14.99

Subscribe Now >>

X

Email this Article

X