01 Nov '17, 1am

Climate Change is Pushing These Rare Lemurs to the Brink #care2

Climate Change is Pushing These Rare Lemurs to the Brink #care2

Scientists worry that Madagascar’s greater bamboo lemurs may be slowly starving to extinction due to climate change. Normally, these rare primates rely almost entirely on the tender shoots of a single species of woody bamboo, but with specialized teeth, they are also the only mammal capable of eating the culm, or the less-nutritious woody trunk of bamboo trees, which they can survive on for part of the year. According to recent findings , which were just published in the journal Current Biology , these lemurs spend 95 percent of their feeding time eating woody bamboo; they only eat the culm during the dry season from August to November, when the tender shoots are unavailable. Unfortunately, dry conditions are forcing them to rely on less nutritious food for longer, which is anticipated to have a serious impact on their ability to survive. “This is why, for extreme feeding ...

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