ENVIRONMENT

Madagascar’s treasure : keeping lemurs wild ”: 1st lemur conservation campaign in Madagascar

 

Organized by Lemur Love and the Pet Lemur Survey , next July 2016 will be held at the US American center in Tanjombato - Antananarivo the first educational campaign on lemur conservation at a national level in Madagascar. This is to target the growing illegal trade of lemurs in the island. The campaign “ Madagascar’s Treasure: Keeping Lemurs Wild ” is organized in partnership with GERP (Groupe d’étude et de recherche sur les primates de Madagascar), WWF, Lemur Rescue Center – Reniala NGO, Conservation International, the Tulear and Utah universities and Filana Association. 

 

Lemurs are not pets or food ” argued Jonah RATSIMBAZAFY, Malagasy primatologist - conservationist and advisor at Pet Lemur Survey. With this event which will gather lemur conservationists from around the world the objective is clear : raising awareness and strengthening lemur conservation through considering lemur trade and lemur ownership as a “crime” and a “ threat” to those animals like it was the case of 28 000 lemurs in Madagascar from 2010 to mid-2013.    

 

Considered as Madagascar’s most endangered mammals, this campaign comes from the video of “Sefo” that went viral last April 2016.  “Sefo”, the lemur that wanted more scratches from 2 boys in the southern part of Madagascar amazed around 100 millions viewers. An uncommon behaviour from a “normal” lemur living in the wild, lemur is a social animal and needs to live with its peers.

 

In addition to national sensitization through education, efforts also go to collecting data about 1000 lemurs kept illegally and helping researchers to download data abou the issue with Pet Lemur Survey in three languages : French – English – Malagasy.  This outreach initiative is funded in part by the National Geographic Conservation Trust and the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation’s Primate Action Fund.

Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:04
Written by F. RAFIDIHARINIRINA
SAME RUBRIC