2,000 Ring-Tailed Lemurs Left In the Wild? Not So Fast…

2,000 Ring-Tailed Lemurs Left In the Wild? Not So Fast…

Well, although wild lemurs in general (and ring-tailed lemurs, specifically) face heinous pressure due to habitat destruction/degradation and hunting, don’t light a candle for the wild ring-tailed lemur just yet. Eager to understand how such a hardy species could decline so rapidly, I combed through the two studies (and a few of the studies that they used as their data sources) and found two glaring bits of information that were left out of the worrying news…

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Makira Lessons: Why Do Fosa Eat Soap (Or, Euplerids Are Enigmas)

Makira Lessons: Why Do Fosa Eat Soap (Or, Euplerids Are Enigmas)

How would you feel about going on a spontaneous tropical cruise with a group of your closest friends? No planning, no talking it over, just getting up and sailing away. Nice, right? The catch here is that this cruise is a one-way journey that will take place on a mat of vegetation. There will be little food and water. A few of your friends will probably die. When you finally make landfall, hopefully you’re attracted to your remaining friends, because they are now your only dating options. Better throw on some Isleys or Marvin Gaye.

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Makira Lessons: Want Wild Lemur Pictures? Find Undisturbed Forest.

Makira Lessons: Want Wild Lemur Pictures? Find Undisturbed Forest.

White-fronted brown lemurs were legion. They would run through our camp, snacking on the fruit in the trees; they would chitter and hoot from the branches above our heads during our lemur surveys. I started to sigh when they were the only things we saw during a survey. I stopped taking pictures.

Then, I read our lemur guide book and got a reality check…

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