Environment :: Sifaka Lemur teetering on the brink of extinction



Hanging out: A Sifaka Lemur mother sits back on the branch of a tree as her baby pokes its head tentatively from behind her back. Since the first humans arrived on the island a third of the lemur species have become extinct and more teeter on the brink.
More than nine in ten of the Island’s 103 known lemur species are threatened making lemurs the most endangered animal compared to all other mamm

als, reptiles, amphibians, birds and bony fish.

More than 600 new species, including the world’s smallest primate and a colour-changing gecko, have been found in Madagascar in just over a decade.

But many of these newly discovered plants and creatures are under threat, particularly from the destruction of the island’s forests, a report by conservation charity WWF warned.

Experts identified more than 615 new species on Madagascar between 1999 and 2010 – 41 mammals, 385 plants, 69 amphibians, 61 reptiles, 17 fish and 42 invertebrates.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, Madagascar has lost more than a million hectares of forest in the past 20 years, and in the aftermath of a coup in March 2009 and the subsequent political turmoil tens of thousands of hectares were raided for hardwoods.

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