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|Two ring-tailed lemurs in the forest at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve.|
There is no doubt that humans are dramatically changing the nature of
this planet…We are entering a phase of mass extinction that is likely to
be unique in the planet’s history: never before has one species been
responsible for the extinction of so many
- Cowlishaw and Dunbar, 2000
The future and ultimate survival of ring-tailed lemurs (lemur catta) is uncertain. The IUCN Red List Assessment has ring-tailed lemurs classified as “vulnerable." With less than 10% of the original forests remaining in Madagascar, habitat destruction is the number one factor that threatens the extinction of all lemur species.
The Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Species Survival Plan Program is a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. The goal of each plan is to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. This site describes the work of the Ring-tailed Lemur SSP and how you can help us help the lemurs.
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