Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to be cheerful in 2015

Potential for reconciliation and recovery in Madagascar  

Let’s be blunt. With 90 percent of its population living with less than 2 US dollars per day, a rampant spread of Bubonic plague and failure to provide electricity to most of its citizens, there are very few reasons to be cheerful during the holiday seasons in Madagascar. Yet, things may not be as bleak as they seem.

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Information stand in the Hannover Adventure Zoo

WLF_1Students and academic staff from the Research Group Ecology and Environmental Education of the University of Hildesheim and the Institute of Zoology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover together with Madagascar Wildlife Conservation inform the visitors of the Hannover Adventure Zoo  on the 25th / 26th as well as on 30th / 31th of October at an information stand about the most endangered species of lemurs.

WLF_2Lemurs constitute 20% of the lemurs in the world. Now they are among the most endangered mammals in general. Almost all species of lemurs are on the red list of threatened species: 23 species are critically endangered, 52 are endangered and 19 species are vulnerable. Main reasons for the vulnerability of lemurs are habitat destruction and hunting. In Madagascar, about 90% of the natural ecosystems and thus the home of the lemurs, have already disappeared.


World Lemur Festival 2014

logo 4From the 25th to the 31th of October 2014 the lemurs of Madagascar will be the focus of the world attention. During this period the 22 regions of Madagascar are in tune to celebrate the value of these endemic species and the unique Malagasy biodiversity. A celebration that will find a world wide audience as all zoos in the world that house lemur species will be part of the festival, hence it will have a global dimension. The festival will take place in America, Europe, Asia, the islands of the Indian Ocean and Africa.