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Thu, Mar 12
The future of lemurs
With their wide-eyed, eerie stare and night time activity, lemurs are spectre-like figures of Madagascar’s forests: ‘lemur’ means ghost in Latin, and it is not difficult to see how the enigmatic and elusive animals got their name.
The unique group of primates are found only in Madagascar. But they are thought to be the most threatened mammal group on Earth. Of the 101 lemur species, 22 are critically endangered, 48 are endangered and 20 are vulnerable, according to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species.