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Lemur Conservation

$2,670
53%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
36 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 31, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Lemur Conservation

You may remember lemurs from the popular movie series Madagascar, but they are much more than just fantastic dancers. Lemurs are a primate species that reside exclusively on the island of Madagascar. There are over 100 different species and subspecies that have different lifestyles and adaptations. Their only predator is the fossa, a small cat-like animal, however the biggest threat to their survival is human associated change. Activities like logging and mining in addition to poaching has led to declines in many populations and over half of the species are considered to be endangered or critically endangered.

This project is part of an ongoing collaboration between lemur specialists and industry to try and figure out ways to reduce the impact of human activities, specifically mining. As part of this effort several groups of lemurs are examined routinely to evaluate their health. Standard techniques are utilized which can show things like disease and organ dysfunction, but they do not appropriately reflect the role that chronic stress may play in the health of these lemurs. As with people, chronic stress can have significant negative impacts on lemur health. Finding new ways to measure chronic stress can help conservationists and researchers better understand the impact of human change and figure out how to mitigate the risks.

The goal of this project is to use a new means of measuring chronic stress, called allostatic load,  to evaluate the health of lemurs around a mining site. These new measurements will help to monitor the health of the lemurs and provide a tool by which to measure the success of ongoing conservation measures.

Your generous donations will provide funding to travel to Madagascar to collect samples from lemurs to evaluate their health and apply this new potential conservation tool. 

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$5

Ring-tailed Lemurs

Ring-tails are one of the most common species kept in zoos. They are highly social living in large groups of 10-20 individuals.

$10

On an Isle Far Away

The island of Madagascar, which is the only place that lemurs live in the wild, is almost 10,000 miles from Columbus, Ohio.

$25

Indri

Indri lemurs are one of the largest species of lemur. They are monogamous and stay with the same partner for life.

$75

Lemurs in Trouble

There are approximately 103 lemur species on the island of Madagascar. 75 of these species are considered to be either endangered or critically endangered

$100

So Many Species

Currently there are over 100 species and subspecies of lemurs on the island of Madagascar.

$150

Sifaka Lemurs

These lemurs were named by the Malagasy people by the sound of their call, shif-auk.

$250

Aye-aye

This elusive species of nocturnal lemurs has long fingers that they use to tap on logs to find termites. They are the topic of many Malagasy folk stories

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