Photos Credits: Some rights reserved by Animals Earth.
The black and white ruffed lemur is native to the island nation of Madagascar. It is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered. The population of these lemurs are decreasing since they moved from ‘endangered’ status to ‘critically endangered’ status in 2008. It turns out, their are at least 103 different species of lemurs, of which, more are being discovered every year. The lemur populations in Madagascar are increasingly endangered because of habitat loss and the local population eating lemurs (known as bushmeat) due to poor economic conditions.
Lemurs are an important part of the natural environment in Madagascar. They feed on the various seasonal fruits in the rain forests which helps to spread undigested fruit seeds via their manure. Madagascar is plagued by resource depletion by over-logging and agriculture that is taking over the natural environment. The country is struggling to maintain what’s left of their biodiversity through national parks and eco-tourism.
If you would like to use my photos on your website or blog…you must link back to my site as the source. Thanks. =)
Please do let me know which one’s are your favorite.