A baby chimpanzee enjoys his food.
Most of us have heard of the dangers of deforestation but there are other more subtle ways that human beings can endanger monkeys, apes and lemurs.
Urgent action is needed to protect Madagascar’s forests.
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Climate change is a huge threat to Madagascar’s four forest types – urgent action is needed to ensure they don’t disappear completely.
The same thing that makes their eyes glow helps cats see better in dim light.
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A veterinary ophthalmologist explains what’s going on.
A Bohemian waxwing eating mountain ash berries.
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Forests around the world will need to shift their ranges to adapt to climate change. But many trees and plants rely on animals to spread their seeds widely, and those partners are declining.
The Coquerel Sifaka in its natural environment in a Malagasy national park.
Most of Madagascar’s conservation and research projects are conceptualised and funded from abroad.
The endangered golden snub-nosed monkey lives in mountainous forests of central and southwest China.
About 60 per cent of monkeys, apes, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers are threatened with extinction. Climate change will only make it more difficult for them to survive.
Scientists have discovered that the gray mouse lemur has the ability to hibernate.
Gray mouse lemurs are more closely related to humans than mice. They also have the ability to hibernate, and researchers are hoping to learn how to transfer that ability to humans.
A forest cat.
Captured by the project's camera trap.
The conventional view is that Madagascar has no native cats. Yet, cats are plentiful.
Previously undocumented, this tiny extra digit – called a “pseudothumb” – is a structure on each wrist made of bone and cartilage.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are important indicators of rainforest health.
New research shows that slowing deforestation is the most essential step for saving Madagascar’s lemurs, and can help protect them against the longer-term threat of climate change.
Ranomafana National Park.
A recent spate of attacks have left local people scared for their safety in rural Madagascar, threatening vital conservation work in the nearby rainforest.
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo.
The fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
The endangered Coquerel’s Sifaka lemur.
The endangered species list is over 90 000 and includes Madagascar’s lemurs.
The grey mouse lemur (
Microcebus murinus): at 60 grams, nearly the smallest primate in the world. I studied this primate in Madagascar.
Jason Gilchrist, www.jasongilchrist.co.uk
As Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, there may be dark days ahead for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful primates.
The island’s latest mining boom threatens a critically endangered lemur – and puts human lives at risk.
Coquerel’s sifaka is one of 23 lemur species now known to use mangroves.
Mangrove forests aren’t very hospitable habitats, but these lemurs don’t mind.
Lemurs are some of the world’s most threatened animals.
More than 90% of Madagascar’s lemurs face extinction. Losing them will mean a loss of the valuable function they serve to the forests in which they live.
Climate change and overfishing have destroyed livelihoods, so many locals have been forced into the forest.
Lemurs in danger… can international climate policy come to the rescue?
Conservation won’t be successful unless we work with people living at the forest edge.
Jonas the lemur defied his small size by living to the age of 29.
David Haring, Duke Lemur Center
A new study looking at a long-lived lemur species attributes it to their frequent hibernation-like state. But what lessons can humans learn from this?