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strange-loris:

Hawk’s sportive lemur, one of the lemur species I was helping survey last summer in Madagascar, and which was previously listed as data deficient, now has a conservation status of critically endangered. Hopefully this will help boost efforts towards the species’ protection.

Huzzah!

The ears were large, flaring forward, the eyes limpid amber, in which the pupil floated like a glittering jewel, changing color with shifts of the light: obsidian, emerald, ruby, opal, amethyst, diamond.

William S. Burroughs, Ghost of Chance (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/lemurs) (via lemurwonderlust)

allcreatures:

Tiniest Mouse LemurPhotograph: Harald Schuetz, WWF Madagascar

Researchers discovered the mouse lemur Microcebus berthae in 2000 within the dry forests of Kirindy Mitea National Park on Madagascar’s western coast.
At 3.6 inches (9.2 centimeters) in length and 1 ounce (30 grams) in weight, M. berthae is the tiniest of 15 known mouse lemur species. It’s also the smallest primate in the world, according to WWF Madagascar’s Ratsifandrihamanana.

allcreatures:

Tiniest Mouse Lemur
Photograph: Harald Schuetz, WWF Madagascar

Researchers discovered the mouse lemur Microcebus berthae in 2000 within the dry forests of Kirindy Mitea National Park on Madagascar’s western coast.

At 3.6 inches (9.2 centimeters) in length and 1 ounce (30 grams) in weight, M. berthae is the tiniest of 15 known mouse lemur species. It’s also the smallest primate in the world, according to WWF Madagascar’s Ratsifandrihamanana.

Richard Branson Plans to Introduce Lemurs Into His Caribbean Islands

typingundertheinfluence:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13095307

Sir Richard Branson is looking to relocate lemurs from zoos to Moskito Island (one of his private islands in the BVI of the Caribbean). But how will this affect the native flora and fauna?

""Maybe [Sir Richard] has got some people to say it is alright - but what else lives on the island, and how might they be affected?" asked Simon Stuart, chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC). "It’s pretty weird - I would be alarmed about it and would want some reassurances."

Dr Stuart suggested the project could contravene the IUCN’s code for translocations - designed to prevent the repetition of disastrous events such as the introduction of rabbits and cane toads to Australia. Among other things, it says that translocations should never happen into natural ecosystems.”

marriottsmytype asked, “Is it rare for lemurs to have blue eyes?”

There is one species of lemur that has blue eyes, the Sclater’s Lemur (also known as the Blue-eyed Black Lemur, appropriately enough). They are the only primate species, apart from humans, that consistently have blue eyes.