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Preventing The Extinction Of The Simpona Lemur

2376 words - 10 pages

When many hear about a lemur, they immediately think of the movie Madagascar and the fun loving role that is played by the lemur King Julien; similarly, when hearing the name Madagascar, many think of the land of the lemurs. However, what would happen if there were no more lemurs? This is a harsh but readily approaching reality of Madagascar today. Lemurs are known as the world’s most endangered mammals, and specifically the Simpona, otherwise known as the Silky Sifaka lemur, is critically endangered. If treatments of Madagascar’s habitat, specificity the small mountainous area of northeastern Madagascar where the Simpona lemur reside, continue being treated as they are today, this will not only lead to the complete extinction of this rare Lemur, but it will also affect the economic standing in Madagascar as a whole. Therefore, it is vital to recognize the solutions and act on them in order to prevent these devastating occurrences.
Lemurs are known to be not only the most endangered mammal, but possibly the most endangered vertebrates on the planet. According to IUCN’s Red list of Threatened species, it is reported that “23 of the species are now considered 'critically endangered,' 52 are 'endangered,' and 19 are 'vulnerable'” (Andrainarivo). Simpona lemurs are one of the most endangered species of lemurs. In total there are approximately less than 250 mature Simpona lemurs in the wild as of 2013 (Andrainarivo). The Simpona lemur is only found in a small mountainous area of northeastern Madagascar. Of the many endangered species of lemurs in Madagascar, the Simpona is one of the three most critically endangered. Not only are they one of the top three critically endangered species of lemurs, but are known to be one of the top 25 most endangered primates existing. Lemurs of all species only exist strictly in the wild of Madagascar and are only found in captivity elsewhere (WWF - Endangered Lemur Fights for Survival in Madagascar). Unlike a few other species of lemurs such as the Ring-tailed lemur, Simpona lemurs are not found in captivity and it is illegal to have them in zoos or as pets. Therefore, extinction is highly possible for these lemurs because if they become extinct in the wild, there will be none left in the world at all.
One of the biggest factors effecting the Simpona lemur population is tourists. Although tourists come to marvel on the beautiful agriculture and species that make up Madagascar, they are unfortunately contributing to the decline of the Simpona lemur. As the tourist rates increase destination resorts increase, which then leads to reduced land for wildlife. Tourists are wanting to reside within the forest to be “immersed” in the environment and have the ability to see the wildlife from the comfort of their hotels (Simpona). This has meant deforestation had to occur to make room for hotels located within or right near the undamaged forest. As a result this leads to people questioning why they would go to the extent of...

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