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Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:44 am
by Edme1
I have recently learned about the silky sifaka lemur. It only lives on isolated areas in Madagascar, and their number is down to between 100-1000 individuals. They usually live in groups of two to nine animals, and they mate on only one day of the year-usually in the rainy season. Females give birth only about once every two years, making reproduction slow. Currently, their main threat is humans, but the thing that drove them to near-extinction in the first place was raptors. They would swoop down and grab the lemurs, mostly young ones. But, ironically, the raptors that made them endangered had gone extinct.

Source: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/ne ... aka-lemurs

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:00 pm
by WolvesOfTheSeas
That truely sad and thanks for sharing

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:26 am
by Edme1
You're welcome. :wink: I first heard the name 'silky sifaka lemur' in a book from a book series. ^^

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:37 pm
by Fern7
Was this book series Artemis Fowl? I had to ask.

And wow, the Silky Sifaka is in some trouble.

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:02 pm
by Edme1
Yep, it was Artemis Fowl. :wink: Glad to know you read it too (I'm assuming)! They're truly beautiful creatures, with their white fur and tiny hands. It's too bad that they're so badly endangered.

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:35 am
by Fern7
Of course I read Artemis Fowl. :D Anyways, unlike other endangered species, the Silky Sifaka really appears to be very unknown. Maybe if there was more awareness to these beautiful creatures, we could save them.

Re: Silky Sifaka Lemur--The Elusive and Endangered Primate

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:54 am
by Edme1
Agreed. But there isn't much opportunity for one, considering they just live on an isolated island and nowhere else. That is probably what makes them so hard to study and protect.