Limber for Lemurs
Organized by: Karlyn Langjahr
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March 03, 2018
Hi everyone and welcome to this page! My name is Karlyn, and most of you know me as a marine conservationist. While living and working in some fascinating places in the tropics, I became increasingly interested in primates and anthropology. While working in Zanzibar, I had the opportunity to meet and host Jane Goodall for her 50th Anniversary Celebrations of her seminal chimpanzee research. It wasn’t just Jane's wisdom and reputation, but her message of hope, that moved me at a deep level. It is too easy to become overwhelmed, jaded even, in the environmental field today with all of the challenges we are facing together. Lemurs have always been my favorite group of primates, even though I have not yet encountered them in the wild. Native only to the island nation of Madagascar, almost all of the ~100 lemur species are threatened or endangered. I know none of us can imagine a world without these iconic primates.
Lemurs need our help NOW because they are the most threatened group of vertebrates in the world! Threatened by extinction, lemur populations are disappearing due to habitat loss from slash-and-burning of forests, illegal mining, illegal poaching for bushmeat and increasingly the illegal pet trade. Lemurs aren’t just cute, furry creatures, however. They are critical to Madagascar’s flora and fauna because they act as seed dispersers in their habitats- shockingly, 80% of this Texas-sized country’s forests have been destroyed in the past 40 years. Together we can help prevent the extinction of these unique and charismatic animals!
Funding this project helps support a dynamic partnerships between environmental teams in the Northeast Madagascar, including the government's Ministry of Environment and academia, conservation organizations, local communities and the eco-tourism sector.
This project will initiate conservation and translocation program for Crowned lemurs (Eulemur coronatus) from the threatened forests in the Daraina region to the protected island of Nosy Ankao. In collaboration with two Madagascan non-profits (Fanamby and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership), we will move fragmented family groups that are likely to perish in the Daraina forests. Over time, we will move 3 –4 distinct family groups from these forests to Nosy Ankao so that they can reproduce in a safe environment. Our long-term objective is to increase direct conservation and anti-poaching efforts in these forests such that the offspring of the safeguarded lemurs on Nosy Ankao can be released safely back onto the mainland.
Nosy Ankao is a small ~900 acre island that has maintained much of its endemic primary forest. A vegetation evaluation in November 2015 revealed that there is ample habitat, as well as diet, for Crowned lemurs to exist wildly on the island. Thanks to the presence of conservation rangers, an environmental team and a developing tourism operation, we can ensure that the translocated lemurs will not face any human stressors and will be safe from poaching threats.
Efforts have already resulted the planting 30,000 trees endemic to the island (Nosy Ankao) and over 30,000 more seedlings in the nursery. Thank you SO much for your generous support!