A Habitat Stronghold on the Precipice: A call‐to‐action for supporting lemur conservation in northeast Madagascar
These conservation actions were funded by grants from the American Society of Primatologists, Conservation Allies, General Mills, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Save our Species (IUCN-SOS 2018A-117), Lemur Conservation Action Fund (5095.005-0175), Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, the McQuade Foundation, MK Lemur Foundation, Montclair State University, Nashville Zoo, National Geographic Society Conservation Trust (C280–14, C021–17, and 55616C-20), National Geographic Society-Waitt Institute, National Science Foundation (1513638), Nature's Path Foods, Oregon Zoo Future for Wildlife Conservation Fund, Portland State University Faculty Enhancement Grant, Primate Action Fund, Primate Conservation Inc, Re:Wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation), San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, San Diego Zoo Ocelots, and Triniti Salon. We thank Paul Atkinson for GIS support.
American Journal of Primatology
Ecology -- Madagascar, Primates -- Behavior -- Madagascar
The northeast of Madagascar is as diverse as it is threatened. The area bordering the Analanjirofo and SAVA regions contains six protected areas and at least 22 lemur species. Many applied research and conservation programs have been established in the region with the aim of ensuring both wildlife and people thrive in the long term. While most of the remaining humid evergreen forest of northeast Madagascar is formally protected, the local human population depends heavily on the land, and unsustainable natural resource use threatens this biodiversity hotspot. Drawing from our collective experiences managing conservation activities and research programs in northeast Madagascar, we discuss the major threats to the region and advocate for eight conservation activities that help reduce threats and protect the environment, providing specific examples from our own programs. These include (1) empowering local conservation actors, (2) ensuring effectively protected habitat, (3) expanding reforestation, (4) establishing and continuing long-term research and monitoring, (5) reducing food insecurity, (6) supporting environmental education, (7) promoting sustainable livelihoods, and (8) expanding community health initiatives. Lastly, we provide a list of actions that individuals can take to join us in supporting and promoting lemur conservation.
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Eppley, T. M., Borgerson, C., Patel, E. R., Herrera, J. P., Kirkby, A. E., Golden, C. D., ... & Vasey, N. (2023). A habitat stronghold on the precipice: A call‐to‐action for supporting lemur conservation in northeast Madagascar. American Journal of Primatology, e23483.