Madagascar is famous for being the only place on the planet where lemurs reside. These creatures are incredibly fascinating, and fun to watch, but unfortunately they are on the decline. More than half of all lemur species are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.
Since humans began populating the island 2,000 years ago, at least 15 species have gone extinct, mainly due to deforestation. Because of this, lemurs are now named the world’s most endangered mammal.
Lemurs are not the only animals in Madagascar facing extinction. Below is a list of some of the most critically endangered species on the island.
- The Madagascar Sea-Eagle is recognized as the largest bird-of-prey on the island.
- With a head and body length of up to 28 inches, the Indri is the world’s largest living lemur.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemur
- The Blue-Eyed Black Lemur is one of the only primates other than humans to consistently have blue eyes.
Greater Bamboo Lemur
- The Greater Bamboo Lemur may be the only specie of lemurs where males are dominant.
Flat-Tailed Spider Tortoise
- During the cooler seasons, the Flat-Tailed Spider Tortoise lies dormant in a form of hibernation called aestivation.
Some other endangered species include the Fossa, the Aye-Aye lemur, the Madagascan Flying Fox, Coquerel’s Sifaka, Humboldt’s Heron, and the Antsingy Leaf Chameleon.
The following links provide information about the endangered animals at each of our project nations:
Endangered Species in Indonesia: COMING SOON
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