16 Dec '11, 12am

Cultural shifts in Madagascar drive lemur-killing

Cultural shifts in Madagascar drive lemur-killing

Forgoing bushmeat hunting has health toll in Madagascar, says study (11/22/2011) Conservationists shouldn't overlook the detrimental health impacts of shifting local populations away from subsistence bushmeat hunting, says a new study. Critically Endangered lemurs disperse seeds, store carbon (11/13/2011) Many tropical plants depend on other species to carry their progeny far-and-wide. Scientists are just beginning to unravel this phenomenon, known as seed dispersal, which is instrumental in supporting the diversity and richness of tropical forests. Researchers have identified a number of animal seed dispersers including birds, rodents, monkeys, elephants, and even fish. Now a new study in the Journal of Tropical Ecology adds another seed disperser to that list: the Critically Endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata). Capable of dispersing big tree speci...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/1215-hance_lemur_taboo.html

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