Scientists have identified two new species of mouse lemur, the saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primates native to the African island of Madagascar.
Mouse lemurs have lived in Madagascar for 7 to million years. But since humans arrived on the island some 2,500 years ago, logging and slash and burn agriculture have taken their toll on the forests where these tree-dwelling primates live.
Only 10 percent of Madagascar’s original forests remain today, which makes lemurs the most endangered mammals in the world according to the IUCN.
Ker Than for National Geographic News Published this article on January 20, 2010.
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Stock
Only in the movies could a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo wash ashore on Madagascar to start a new life.
But a new computer model suggests there may be a grain of truth in the animated fiction: The ancestors of ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, and other mammals that live on the Indian Ocean island got there aboard natural rafts.
Jungle Jenny encourages eco/wildlife tourism in Madagascar.Â If you have any questions about where to go email me!Â I found this article today (click here) by Rhett Butler, who is is the founder and editor of Mongabay.com, one of the leading sites on the Web covering tropical forests and biodiversity.
Jungle Jenny with Lemur in Nosy Komba, Madagascar where eco-tourism generates revenue at the lemur reserve at Ampangorina.