20 Apr '11, 12am

Why some say Richard Branson's pet lemur project is a terrible idea

Why some say Richard Branson's pet lemur project is a terrible idea

Richard Branson's pet lemur project is a terrible idea Commentary by Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com April 19, 2011 Richard Branson's plan to introduce lemurs on one of his private islands in the Caribbean is a terrible idea. Beyond the much-discussed ecological impact of bringing in non-native primates, Branson's scheme risks undermining conservation efforts where lemurs actually exist in the wild: Madagascar. As reported by the Associated Press, Branson will start with ring-tailed lemurs, a species that is commonly kept in captivity and isn't particularly endangered in Madagascar. He will then move on to other, yet-to-be-determined species. Ring-tailed lemur in Madagascar But if Branson really wants to save lemurs, why doesn't he start by helping efforts to protect them in Madagascar, a poor country that has a wealth of species beyond lemurs. Madagascar's extensive park sy...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0419-lemurs_branson.html

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