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Conservation of Malagasy Prosimians: A View from the Great Red Island

  • Jonah H. Ratsimbazafy
  • Summer J. Arrigo-Nelson
  • Luke Dollar
  • Christopher M. Holmes
  • Mitchell T. Irwin
  • Steig E. Johnson
  • Nancy J. Stevens
  • Patricia C. Wright
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


Madagascar is a global biodiversity hotspot, with high levels of endemism coupled with a high degree of anthropogenic disturbance. Lemurs are important in maintaining the island’s ecosystems. We examine the primary and emerging threats to lemurs, present a brief history of the conservation efforts implemented to preserve Malagasy ecosystems, and discuss the future direction of and prospects for conservation in Madagascar.


Protected Area Political Crisis Lemur Species Land Stewardship Lemur Population 
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Madagascar est un point chaud de biodiversité globale, avec un niveau d’endémisme très élevé associé à un fort niveau d’anthropisation. Les lémuriens jouent un rôle important dans le maintien des écosystèmes de l’île. Nous examinons les menaces anciennes et nouvelles pesant sur les lémuriens, présentons un bref historique des mesures de conservation initiées sur les écosystèmes malgaches, et discutons les futures directions et les perspectives offertes pour la conservation à Madagascar.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonah H. Ratsimbazafy
    • 1
  • Summer J. Arrigo-Nelson
    • 2
  • Luke Dollar
    • 3
  • Christopher M. Holmes
    • 4
  • Mitchell T. Irwin
    • 5
  • Steig E. Johnson
    • 6
  • Nancy J. Stevens
    • 7
  • Patricia C. Wright
    • 8
  1. 1.Durrell Wildlife Conservation TrustAntananarivoMadagascar
  2. 2.Department of Biological and Environmental SciencesCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA
  3. 3.Department of BiologyPfeiffer UniversityMisenheimerUSA
  4. 4.Wildlife Conservation SocietyAntananarivoMadagascar
  5. 5.Department of AnthropologyNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
  6. 6.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  7. 7.Department of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary StudiesOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  8. 8.Department of AnthropologyStony Brook UniversityNew YorkUSA

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