The Fascinating Lemurs that Face Extinction
Endangered Species Month – May 2018
In 2000, the International Union for Conservation of Nature published a list of threatened species across the globe. At that time it was listed that 48% of the mammal species in Madagascar were threatened of extinction.
Madagascar has some of the most unique and rare animals and plant species on the earth, and yet nearly half of them live on the brink of extinction. In fact, one of the rarest species of mammals on earth calls the forests of Madagascar home—the lemur.
More than half of all lemur species are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. In the last 2,000 years since humans began populating the island of Madagascar, at least 15 species of lemurs have gone extinct. The two primary reasons these fascinating creatures are disappearing are poaching and deforestation. While forests are being cut down to make charcoal, lemurs are quite literally hanging on to the last branches of hope for their survival.
Eden Reforestation Projects proudly is facing this travesty head-on by working to reforest the decimated forests of Madagascar. Through our Employ-to-Plant methodology we have hired hundreds of local villagers to restore their land by planting trees. To this day, over 178 million trees have been planted in Madagascar by Eden’s village employees, and thousands more are being planted each day. Bringing back the forests creates a safe haven for the lemurs and the many other endangered species of Madagascar.
Three species of lemurs being protected by Eden Reforestation Projects:
The Mongoose Lemur
Red Fronted Brown Lemur
Check out our Facebook page to see videos of these lemurs at one of our planting sites in Madagascar.
Eden Reforestation Projects has recently been given the opportunity to manage 13 acres of land as a conservatory for endangered wildlife such as lemurs, crocodiles, tortoises, and more. Stay connected with us this month as we release more news on this upcoming project. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and be sure to sign up on our website for email updates.
Reforestation in Madagascar helps protect the nature habitats of lemurs and other endangered species. Start planting trees with Eden Reforestation Projects today.