16 Apr '11, 11am

Population boost for rare greater bamboo lemurs

Population boost for rare greater bamboo lemurs

Greater bamboo lemurs are found only on the island of Madagascar. With less than 200 individuals left in the wild, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists these species as critically endangered. Like many of Madagascar's unique species, the greater bamboo lemur is under increasing pressure. Rainforests in Madagascar are being cleared by indiscriminate slash-and-burn techniques to make way for farmland. As greater bamboo lemurs rely predominantly on the giant bamboo trees found in these rainforests, they are especially vulnerable to destruction of this iconic habitat. In addition, greater bamboo lemurs are hunted for food, despite the protection afforded to them by the Madagascan government. Until recently, the range of greater bamboo lemurs was thought to be extremely restricted. A cause for optimism Now, researchers have discovered that greater...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/population-boost-r...

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