An endangered species from Madagascar is our star of today’s illustration.
This is a Ring Tailed Lemur (Lemur catta), an extremely elegant primate originally from Madagascar: They live in south and southwestern Madagascar, and a small additional population lives near the mountains of Andringitra on the southeastern plateau.
This species is now endangered, and since the year 2000 there has been crash of 95% of population: it has been estimated that we have left something between 2000 and 2400 exemplars of them, and most of them (over 1000) live now in 140 zoos around the world, while the Duke Lemur Centre houses 35 animals.
Factors driving the decline of lemur’s population include rapid habitat loss, hunting, and the illegal pet trade.
Let’s protect this beauty, they deserve to survive with us. Let’s do something before it si too late!