One of the worlds most endangered mammals, lemurs are endemic to the island of Madagascar. Due to their isolation in Madagascar, Lemurs have evolved independently from other primates. Lemurs are threatened by a host of problems, including deforestation, hunting, climate change and the live capture for the exotic pet trade.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemur – Eulemur flavifrons
Known for their striking blue eyes, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs are the only primate (except humans) with blue eyes. Native to northern Madagascar, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs are classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, there are thought to be less than 1,000 individuals left in the wild.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs have been pushed to the brink of extinction due to the destruction of their habitat for farmland, using slash and burn techniques. Not only this but the sub-species is also under significant threat from hunting activities. Because of this activity, Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs have been named one of “The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates”.
WHAT YWPF ARE DOING
Blue-Eyed Black Lemur Conservation with AEECL
The Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation awarded a 3 year grant of £5,000 a year to help establish and run a protected reserve to help save the blue-eyed black lemur from extinction. Slash and burn land clearing and hunting in its native Madagascar have reduced numbers to less than 1,000 in the wild with experts facing a race against time to save it. The grant will support lemur conservation projects including protection of the blue-eyed black lemurs’ habitat, education of the local communities, developing eco-tourism and promoting research and studies of the animals in their native habitat.
The project is run by the AEECL (Association Européenne pour l’Étude et la Conservation des Lémuriens), a charitable consortium of European zoos and universities, dedicated to lemur conservation. It works in the remote north-west reaches of the Indian Ocean island Madagascar. It has a permanent research station in the region and collaborates with the local Malagasy communities to develop conservation, build schools, fund schoolteachers, restore forests and improve the economy.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The good news is; you can do your bit to help!
We need amazing people like yourselves to help raise awareness and funds for these critically endangered animals. You could do anything to raise money, from a sponsored walk to throwing yourself out of a plane (with a parachute of course), the only limit is your imagination! If you would like a few ideas on how to fundraise for YWPF, we’ve done the hard work for you! Click here for some fundraising ideas!
We are always extremely grateful to receive donations from our supporters, anything you can give to YWPF will go a long way to help conserve lemurs in the wild! Click the button below to donate today!