Madagascar is the home to many amazing species of animals and plants, so much so that around 75% (1) of species are unique to Madagascar. Many of these species inhabit the remote rainforests, mostly on the east coast. Due to the difficultly in locating, accessing and studying the ecosystems of Madagascar, one thing is certain - there is always something new to learn!
Now, if there is one inhabitant of Madagascar which has captivated many - yes, it is the lemur! There are currently around 60 ‘known’ species of Lemur (not to mention sub-species), and the latest news is that scientists discover yet another species of one of Madagascar’s favourite inhabitants.https://news.mongabay.com/2017/02/new-species-of-dwarf-lemur-discovered-in-madagascar/ Mongaby.com 07 Feb. 2017
In the North, a new species has been found and named the ‘Sheth’s Dwarf Lemur’- after Brian Sheth, a prominent conservationist. This has been a surprising discovery as most Dwarf Lemur species have been found predominantly in the eastern rainforests.
Some interesting facts about this lemur? It is predominantly nocturnal and certainly small – around 16 - 17 cm long with a 16 cm long tail. It weighs only around 100 grams (2). This is also the ninth known species of Dwarf Lemur (3).
There are many details about this genus to clarify, and much work still to do. The Sheth’s Dwarf Lemur is fortunate – inhabiting protected areas bordering two national parks. The scientists who made this discovery though, were quick to mention that it is crucial that these areas are supported and remain ‘reserved’.
Money For Madagascar is acutely aware that to help the environment of this unique country, the people must be considered too. When the hungry or poor can find no other way to survive, then the forests and wildlife become their main resource. So, Money For Madagascar works to ensure that people can survive without needing to exploit the land. Alongside this, MFM also plays an influential role in conservation itself – replanting forest corridors which the lemurs inhabit, and supporting communities that live around the forests, ensuring they get what they need without turning to the environment to survive.
If you would like to know more about MFM’s work, both to help the Malagasy people and to preserve this unique land, please see our website - https://www.moneyformadagascar.org, our blog - http://moneyformadagascar.blogspot.co.uk/ ,
or consider making a donation – any money you give will go straight to those who need it, ensuring Malagasy people have less need to exploit the rainforest to get their daily needs.
(2) Facts from https://news.mongabay.com/2017/02/new-species-of-dwarf-lemur-discovered-in-madagascar/(3) Wikipedia
Contributed by Matthew Ward