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Red-ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra)

…an endangered species of lemur (Lemuridae) which, like all lemurs, is native to the island of Madagascar, where it is restricted to the rainforests of Masoala Peninsula. Red-ruffed lemurs usually live in small groups (sometimes larger groups are seen) which are lead by females. Like other lemurs, red-ruffed lemurs are mainly frugivores (fruit eaters) and typically seen foraging high in the canopies of trees. 

Currently red-ruffed lemurs are listed as endangered as they face threats from habitat loss due to their need for tall primary forests. Hunting remains a threat to their survival as well. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Mammalia-Primates-Lemuridae-Varecia-V. rubra

Images: Hans Hillewaert and RadioFan

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conservationatukc  asked:

Hey Mark! I'm working on a recovery plan review assignment for the red ruffed lemur (so many r's) and I was wondering if you could think of any good (or bad) examples of forest restoration (and other conservation projects around Varecia in general), especially around the Masoala Peninsula? I know it's a pretty specific ask but I'm curious to see if you had any particular mentions. -Hannah

hey Hannah!

That sounds like one hell of a niche subject. I’m afraid I don’t know much about reforestation plans around the Masoala peninsula. All I am familiar with is the work of the Zurich Zoo and their Masoalah project. They have apparently had some success replanting the Ambatoledama corridor (one of the sites where the genetic structure of Varecia rubra has been studied), and elsewhere - a total of about 100 hectares of re-planted forests. See this document for a little more details, but I’m sure you can find more and better information elsewhere. I have a lot of confidence in those projects - the Zurich Zoo has a really good reputation - but they don’t seem to have spent much time trying to get media attention for them, which is a shame.

Still you might be able to find out more from the Zurich Zoo website, but probably not as it is mostly in German and rather shitty - it used to be much better!