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Giant, Ancient Chirping Pill-Millipedes of Madagascar: Irresistible

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On the island of Madagascar lives a group of millipedes that can roll into balls as large as a small orange. Although that may seem alarming, they have no poison glands. They can, however, activate your cuteness sensors.

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

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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 [...]

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Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

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These medium-sized lemurs, known for their delightful leaping ability, were only recognized as their own species in 2001, which undoubtedly slowed conservation efforts. Species name: Coquerel’s sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) Where found: Two “protected” forests in northwest Madagascar: Ankarafantsika National Park and the Bora Special Reserve. In reality, the legal protections the lemurs enjoy in these [...]

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Fish Found: The Greatest Conservation Success Story of 2013?

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Seven months ago things looked pretty bleak for the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus). The only habitat for this rare Madagascar fish species had been destroyed and the cichlid was down to its last three known individuals, all of which were males. In a last-ditch effort to save the species from extinction, conservationists at the London [...]

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Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

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A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it. Species name: Boy, this one has a lot of names, including the Alaotran gentle lemur, Alaotra reed lemur, Lac Alaotra bamboo lemur and Lake [...]

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Giant Tortoises and Baobab Trees: Imperfect Apart

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Remove a species from an ecosystem and other species tend to suffer. Take the giant Madagascar tortoise, for example. The two species of giant tortoises on Madagascar went extinct centuries ago, but their loss is still being felt today. According to new research, the extinction of these tortoises robbed one of the island’s iconic baobab [...]

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Climate Change Could Wipe Out Amazing Baobab Trees in Madagascar

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The Ewe people of Togo, Africa, have a proverb: “Wisdom is like a baobab tree; no one individual can embrace it.” The proverb refers to the massive trees of the genus Adansonia that can live thousands of years, reach 30 meters into the sky and achieve trunk diameters of 10 meters or more. One baobab [...]

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Desperately Seeking Cichlid: Fish Species Down to Last 3 Males, No Known Females

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The last three males of an all-but-extinct fish species would really, really, really like to meet a female. Once upon a time the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus) lived in a single habitat: a river in Madagascar from which the species gets its name. That river has now been dammed and the habitat has dried up. [...]

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How Poachers Stole 10 Percent of an Entire Tortoise Species…and What Happened Next

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On Friday, March 15, authorities in Thailand intercepted two wildlife smugglers trying to carry hundreds of endangered tortoises through Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Among the animals recovered were 54 critically endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) from Madagascar. The entire wild population for this species is estimated at just 400 to 600 tortoises, meaning this seizure represented [...]

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Richard Branson wants to release endangered lemurs in the Caribbean

Entrepreneur and adventure-seeker Sir Richard Branson wants to import endangered lemurs to one of his two private islands in the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.), giving them a safe haven from the political unrest and habitat destruction on their native Madagascar. But scientists and conservationists aren’t exactly hopping with pleasure over the plan. Operating under the [...]

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Madagascar bird driven to extinction by invasive fish

A bird from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar called the Alaotra grebe (Tachybaptus rufolavatus ) has been declared extinct by conservation group BirdLife International. BirdLife contributed to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with a major update on the world’s bird species, which was released on Wednesday. The grebe, previously found only on [...]

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