Sunday, 18 January, 2015
These cute lemurs, known thanks to the animated movie Madagascar to the rhythm of the song "I want to move it" .In Oasis Park Fuerteventura reside two different species, ring-tailed lemur, and ruffed lemurs in two large enclosures that simulate made the forest of Madagascar.
Today we will talk of ring-tailed lemur, primate endemic to the island of Madagascar which is named by the spirits of Roman mythology due to their bright eyes, nocturnal habits and the boisterous vocalizations they make.
It has a slender body covered with gray hair and a small head with big ears in white color and black patches around the eyes. Also, its hind legs are longer than the front. Generally, an adult lemur is between 95 and 110 centimeters (including the tail measuring about 60 centimeters) and weighs about 2.50 kg.
What catches our attention most is not their pretty eyes or how nice it may be but the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is one of the most endangered species in Madagascar, where they came from.
The ring-tailed lemurs are the most studied among all species of lemurs, as well as the most recognizable in captivity, since the color of their fur and flashy tail make them become a point of attention danger.
Of its species are more territorial, and although today live dispersed by Madagascar, today exists only a few protected areas in which to find them. It is amazing to know that 94 of the 103 species of lemurs in the world are at risk of extinction, as assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), published by the Commission group for Species Survival.
Oasis Park Fuerteventura worked with many zoos and conservation organizations around the world involved in this cause in different ways to the conservation of this species, little by little we managed to increase the number of these specimens.
What is the key to stop extinction?
Unfortunately, the few forests plains inhabited by ring-tailed lemurs are easily cleared, hence the habitat ring-tailed lemur is disappearing at an alarming rate. Indeed, satellite images suggest that the habitat of ring-tailed lemurs are disappearing even at a higher level, that forest habitats elsewhere in Madagascar. Given this alarming situation, the government of Madagascar has begun to develop environmental conservation policies that have achieved a significant recovery of some natural areas, so have to get the conservation of their habitat.