15 Dec '11, 12pm

Madagascar's Lemurs, Sacred No More: As traditional taboos break down, hunting emerges as a major threat to Mada...

Rhett A. Butler/mongabay.com With the fading of a taboo, the indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur, is threatened by hunting. A boy ventured into the forest to collect honey. He climbed a tall tree in pursuit of a hive, but before he could collect his prize, he was attacked by bees. Losing his grip, he fell from the tree, which almost certainly would have meant his untimely end. But a kind indri — a type of large lemur — caught him, and the boy was saved. Since that day, the elders say, no one should eat the indri. “There are many stories about lemur taboos,” said Julie Razafimanahaka, the director of Madagasikara Voakajy , a nongovernmental conservation group in Madagascar. Young people and elders, people in rural areas and urban areas — everyone respected the taboos, she said. The stories, called fady, vary from place to place in Madagascar, she explained, but all of the tal...

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