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


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


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 [...]

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Lemur poaching on the rise due to unrest in Madagascar

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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 [...]

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