Save the Lemurs
Emblematic of Madagascar, lemurs are undergoing severe decline due to habitat degradation and hunting for bushmeat. Just as the country as a whole is a global concern, the lemur fauna of Madagascar is the single highest primate conservation priority in the world. Engaging with youth groups in the Mangabe Protected Area, our partners Madagasikara Voakajy, are working towards the conservation of these intriguing primates.
Mangabe hosts at least nine species of lemurs out of the 110 present on the island. The area was recently awarded the status of protected area, in recognition of its biological importance and to help combat further habitat degradation. Many communities in the region still utilise destructive slash-and-burn agriculture, encroaching on lemurs’ habitat for their livelihood and hunting of this characteristic animal as a source of animal protein also occurs.
The Save the Lemurs project targets two Critically Endangered species: the Indri (Indri indri) and diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema), both diurnal species.
The project’s main objectives include:
- Engaging youths (15-25 years old) in raising awareness and taking actions for the conservation of lemurs within the protected area.
- Monitoring the trends in diurnal lemur distribution, habitat quality and threats.
- Assessing the impact of the education program and youth engagement.