07 Sep '11, 12pm

Plight of the Lemur: A Movie: A documentary maker gathers information about the lemurs' mating and vocalizations...

Plight of the Lemur: A Movie: A documentary maker gathers information about the lemurs' mating and vocalizations...

Lemurs are in trouble. The cute wide-eyed primates have been threatened for decades, but their situation has recently worsened. Over the last five years, political instability and corruption in Madagascar, their only native country, has led to extensive deforestation and habitat destruction, even in officially protected areas. Some estimates place the current loss of Madagascar’s forest cover at almost 90 percent. What’s left has come under increasing pressure from armed gangs of criminal loggers. While hundreds of lemur species call Madagascar home, the silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus), a timid white fluffy variety, is at most risk of extinction. Estimates on the remaining number of silkys, known as the “angels of the forest” for their white fur and tree-hopping acrobatic abilities, range from 300 to 2,000. The silky is listed by the International Union for Conservatio...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/07/film-underlines...

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What do you do with a suspected man-eating croc...

grist.org 06 Sep '11, 4pm

What do you do with a suspected man-eating crocodile the size of a small aircraft? Make it the highlight of an eco-tourism...