A-Z of Endangered Animals - Lemur

There are around a 100 different types of Lemur and this week I have decided to pick just one, it is a Lemur that I think everyone would recognize, the Ring Tailed Lemur. All wild Lemurs live on the island of Madagascar, the name Lemur means Ghost or Spirits and this was first used for the Loris (a nocturnal lemur) but is now used for all the Madagascan primates. The range in size and shape, the smallest being the cutely names mouse lemur (at just 30 grams).

The Ring Tailed lemur lives in large groups of up to around 30, the groups huddle together to keep warm and are very social. The ring tailed lemur is also one of the few species living in a matriarchal society, this means that it is the females who have control over the group. 

Lemurs of all kinds are at threat from deforestation in Madagascar, large areas of their habitat has been lost to farming. Lemurs are also at threat from humans who hunt them for bushmeat, they are also one of the main food sources for hawks and a previous entry into my endangered species list, the Fossa. Ring Tailed Lemurs seem to adapt to zoo life fairly well and there are now over 2000 of the animals in zoos around the world, this has helped with breeding the animals but it also means that lemurs are sometimes taken from the wild for private zoos and to become pets.

I am approaching my halfway mark now, Letter M is next week and then it will be downhill all the way for me, I will however need to start thinking about some of the more difficult letters such as Z, Q and X. You can donate to the WWF-UK by visiting this link – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies

A-Z of Endangered Species – E for Eastern Lowland Gorilla

The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four subspecies of gorilla, It has large stocky body, large hands and is covered in jet black hair. In this picture we can see a young male gorilla foraging for food, like all gorillas living mainly on a diet of fruit and other herbaceous materials.

Found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the Eastern Lowland Gorilla has been a victim of many years of civil unrest, The gorilla makes its home in the tropical rainforests of the DRC but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in size in recent years. Poaching is also a major problem along with major diseases such as Ebola.

The WWF is working hard to monitor the Gorilla population. Protected areas are being expanded and the WWF are working with the local people, park authorities and the Congolese government to help conserve this amazing primate.

The WWF has some amazing information about the Eastern Lowland Gorilla here – http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/eastern-lowland-gorilla , My main focus of this project is to bring awareness to the many species under threat and one way you can help is to share this post and any of the others from my A-Z series.

If you would like to make a donation towards the WWF-UK then I have set up a Just giving donations page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/EndangeredSpecies . 100% of the monies raised on the Just Giving page will go directly to the WWF-UK

Next week for the letter F I am going to feature an animal that most people will never have heard of.