CONSERVATION OF LEMURS

It’s really important for people to work toward conservation in Madagascar because 90% of the flora and fauna is endemic (it exists no where else naturally in the world). Lemurs are already endangered (many species already extinct) so it is vital conserve this biodiversity. Ranomafana National Park is the home to many species of lemurs and other endemic animals such as the fossa. In the heart of the forest, there is a modern research center which draws in scientists from all over the world to study lemurs and the forest so they can work toward conservation. Madagascar often goes under peoples radar because it isn’t on the mainland of Africa, but it is one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. At Ranomafana National Park, Dr. Patricia Wright re-discovered the Golden Bamboo Lemur (who was thought to be extinct). She raised funds to make the forest a protected area and tirelessly visited villages around the park making sure the locals were okay with it. The park is a center of eco-tourism and brings in a ton of money that helps lemur conservation.

http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/centre-valbio/

 

Also the new Island of Lemurs IMAX  movie came out everyone should go see it!

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