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Photo of the Day

Posted in Photo of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2010 by Caroline Thompson

 

“What the Sifaka is THAT?!”

Photo credit: Andy Kammer

 

Sifakas are a one of the many varieties of lemur that are found on the island of Madagascar.  The word “lemur” comes from the Latin word lemurs, referring to ghosts and spirits.  Their staring eyes, haunting calls, and nocturnal nature led early observers to think these primates were ghosts or forest spirits.   Unlike most lemurs, Sifakas remain upright and leap from tree to tree, using their powerful hind legs to clear distances of over 30 feet (nine meters).  Sifakas can also cover open ground remarkably fast by sashaying, or leaping, on their hind limbs.  This movement is often referred to as “dancing.”

There are several species and subspecies of sifaka.  Of the most endangered are the Silky Sifaka and the Perrier’s Sifaka, which are both deemed ‘critically endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.  Sadly, both species have fewer than 250 individuals.  Five other sifaka species (Coquerel’s, Crowned, Diademed, Milne-Edward’s, and the Golden-Crowned)are listed as ‘endangered’.  Madagascar is undergoing extensive deforestation and habitat loss, which, along with poaching, are the primary threats to the nation’s lemurs.

 

Enjoy this video of some Sifakas “dancing” across their habitat:

 

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Tattoo of the Day

Posted in Tattoo of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by Caroline Thompson

 

Tattoo by Jeff Gogue.

 

The Ring-Tailed Lemur is a primate native to Madagascar.  They are considered ‘near threatened’ by the IUCN, and their numbers are declining.  The two greatest threats to this lemur are hunting and habitat loss.  Scientists believe this species’ population has undergone reduction of at least 20-25% over just the last 24 years.

Madagascar is one of the most fascinating places on earth. An isolated island, it is responsible for 36% of all primate families and houses all of the world’s 50+ species of lemurs.  Researchers continuously find new species of plants and animals on the island.  In fact, a new lemur species was discovered just last week.  It is a long-tongued, squirrel-size lemur and has yet to be named.  The species was first found in 1995 by Conservation International President and primatologist, Russ Mittermeier.  However, he was unable to follow up on his find until this past October.

“It is particularly remarkable that we continue to find new species of lemurs and many other plants and animals in this heavily impacted country, which has already lost 90 percent or more of its original vegetation,” said Mittermeier.  Indeed, Madagascar suffers from some of the most extensive habitat destruction and deforestation on our planet.  This new discovery highlights the fact that we are likely losing species faster than we can find them.

 

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