According to a leading conservation group, the ring-tailed lemurs, found only in Madagascar, are fighting for survival as 95% of the primates are on the brink of being wiped off the face of this planet. They are currently the most endangered primates on Earth.
Increasing level of hunting, rainforest destruction, unregulated agriculture, logging and mining are said to be the prime reasons behind this alarming decline in lemur population throughout the island.
“Lemurs are to Madagascar what giant pandas are to China — they are the goose that laid the golden egg, attracting tourists and nature lovers,” said Jonah Ratsimbazafy of the domestic primate research group known as GERP.
Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse nations in the world. IUCN said it was launching “a major action plan for lemur conservation,” to help preserve the endangered primates.