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Lemur shock

Perhaps naïvely, I didn’t think the situation was anywhere near this bad. In fact, of the 13 lemur species I saw last year in Madagascar, only one is listed as “Least Concern”, i.e. the green slice of the pie chart. Most of the rest are listed as Endangered or even Critically Endangered by the IUCN (plus one recently discovered species that doesn’t seem to be listed)1. Argh.

Lemur conservation status

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  1. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 27 September 2014. Species concerned: Varecia variegata, Prolemur simus, Propithecus verreauxi, Hapalemur griseus, Eulemur rubriventer, Hapalemur aureus, Eulemur rufifrons, Lemur catta, Microcebus rufus, Cheirogaleus medius, Avahi meridionalis, Eulemur collaris, Microcebus antanosy/tanosi.

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