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Lemur Biology pp 335-350 | Cite as

Future of the Malagasy Lemurs: Conservation or Extinction?

  • Alison F. Richard
  • Robert W. Sussman

Abstract

Madagascar, with its unique flora and fauna, is one of the many areas of the world which has become a focus of concern for conservationists. To date, the emphasis (as evidenced by papers presented at the Conférence Internationale sur la Conservation de la Nature et de ses Ressources à Madagascar 1970) has been on what we consider to be chronic but probably not critical aspects of the problem. These are the ongoing hunting and agricultural practices of the Malagasy living in rural areas. Undoubtedly, indigenous exploitation of the forest and animals does have an impact, but in this chapter we shall also attempt to pinpoint some of the factors which we believe are more immediate and crucial threats to the survival of the Malagasy lemurs. We shall also provide information on the present status of the lemurs and address ourselves to some of the practical problems involved in establishing an adequate program of conservation in Madagascar.

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Home Range Size Mouse Lemur Lemur Catta National Reserve Mongoose Lemur 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alison F. Richard
    • 1
  • Robert W. Sussman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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