While the situation may seem desperate, there are many ways you can
How can recycling in the US help lemurs in Madagascar? Decreasing
your environmental impact by recycling, using less fuel, using less
water, and using locally farmed plant and animal products helps to
reduce human pollution. This is important for endangered species
everywhere because it contributes to a healthy planet. Global warming
affects everyone, including the lemurs of Madagascar! With their
fragmented population sizes, an increased risk of natural disasters due
to Global warming only puts them in more danger.
BE AN INFORMED CONSUMER:
Know where the wood you buy is coming from. The Forest Stewardship
Council (FSC) accredits independent third party organizations that
certify forest production. Use your dollars to vote against illegally
farmed wood and only purchase ecologically friendly products. Other
paper products like toilet tissue, paper towels, and notebook paper also
have ecologically certified options that lessen your environmental
SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS HELPING MADAGASCAR:
For example, the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG) is an international consortium of zoos and related institutions
joined together to improve the situation in Madagascar. The MFG has
staff inside and outside of Madagascar working to educate the Malagasy
about lemurs and other Malagasy animals as well as how to practice more
sustainable agricultural methods. MFG staff also facilitates
conservation research in Betampona Reserve (Strict Nature Reserve).
Please visit the MFG website to learn more about what they do and how
you can help. www.savethelemur.org.
Visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) website
www.aza.org to find a zoo near you.
Helping zoos also helps to maintain a healthy captive population of
lemurs. One day, captive individuals may be able to genetically
replenish the wild populations through reintroduction. Zoo lemurs are
also an important tool for teaching the public about Madagascar
conservation and are a great way to organize individuals interested in
assisting the same cause.