ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST ENDANGERED MAMMALS …
One of the worlds most endangered mammals, lemurs are endemic to the island of Madagascar. Due to their isolation in Madagascar, Lemurs have evolved independently from other primates. Lemurs are threatened by a host of problems, including deforestation, hunting, climate change and the live capture for the exotic pet trade.
Known for their striking blue eyes, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs are the only primate (except humans) with blue eyes. Native to northern Madagascar, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs are classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, there are thought to be less than 1,000 individuals left in the wild.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs have been pushed to the brink of extinction due to the destruction of their habitat for farmland, using slash and burn techniques. Not only this but the sub-species is also under significant threat from hunting activities. Because of this activity, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs have been named one of “The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates”.
80% DECLINE IN THREE DECADES
Affected by: Habitat Loss & Hunting
Slash and burn agriculture as well as selective logging & mining have reduced blue-eyed black lemur populations by 80% over the last three decades.
The very harsh reality is if nothing is done, the blue-eyed black lemur could be extinct within a decade!
WHAT WE’RE DOING!
BLUE-EYED BLACK LEMUR CONSERVATION
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation awarded a 3 year grant of £5,000 a year to help establish and run a protected reserve to help save the blue-eyed black lemur from extinction. Slash and burn land clearing and hunting in its native Madagascar have reduced numbers to less than 1,000 in the wild with experts facing a race against time to save it. The grant will support lemur conservation projects including protection of the blue-eyed black lemurs’ habitat, education of the local communities, developing eco-tourism and promoting research and studies of the animals in their native habitat.
The project is run by the AEECL (Association Européenne pour l’Étude et la Conservation des Lémuriens), a charitable consortium of European zoos and universities, dedicated to lemur conservation. It works in the remote north-west reaches of the Indian Ocean island Madagascar. It has a permanent research station in the region and collaborates with the local Malagasy communities to develop conservation, build schools, fund schoolteachers, restore forests and improve the economy.
In 2020 YWPF hopes to have its first solus projection in conjunction with Yorkshire Wildlife Park supporting lemur conservation and communities in Madagascar