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Madagascar: Lemurs threatened of extinction within 20 years




Madagascar: Lemurs threatened of extinction within 20 years
Endemic lemur of Madagascar would be endangered in the island, due to intensive deforestation and the multiplication of acts of poaching.

Each year, 200,000 hectares of forest are reduced to ashes by shifting cultivation and bush fires.

93 species of primates on 105 are thus threatened with extinction in the term, if nothing is done on a large scale to preserve the remaining 10 to

13% of the Malagasy original forest, argues Jonah Ratsimbazafy, renowned Malagasy primatologist.

"If we continue this rate of deforestation, one can say that by 20 to 25 years approximately, there will be no more forest, and therefore no more lemurs", asserts Jonah Ratsimbazafy.
 
 The primatologist also points finger at the poverty of the country accentuates the phenomenon, as the newspaper Le Monde relates.
"As long as poverty exists, we cannot believe that we can prevent the disappearance of these lemurs", explains Jonah Ratsimbazafy.
 
 Because today the looting of the Malagasy forest for "his precious wood and its mineral resources" endanger the survival of lemurs in the heart of their natural habitat.
 
 As a reminder, according to the World Bank "92% of the Malagasy population lives below the poverty line, or less than $ 2 (1.49 euro) per day per person".


Thus, a non-governmental organization (NGO), International Conservation , proposed in late July in Tananarive a strategic plan of 5.7 million euros to save the lemurs of Madagascar.
 
 Conscious that the Malagasy authorities mired in a severe economic and political crisis that has plagued their country since 2009, cannot engage on such a costly project, the American NGO seeks to other levels the funding needed to save lemurs in the island.



Antso Rajaona


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