Ringtailed Lemur Biology: Lemur Catta in Madagascar by Steven M. Goodman, Soava V. Rakotoarisoa, Lucienne Wilmé

By Steven M. Goodman, Soava V. Rakotoarisoa, Lucienne Wilmé (auth.), Alison Jolly, Robert W. Sussman, Naoki Koyama, Hantanirina Rasamimanana (eds.)

Ringtailed Lemur Biology is the 1st complete quantity devoted to the Lemur catta, Madagascar's flagship species, whose black and white tails embellish vacationer brochures and kid's schoolbooks, and which has been studied within the wild for 40 years. Written through top examine scientists within the box, this can be the authoritative quantity on ringtailed lemur distribution, ecology, social habit, and well-being and comprises the 1st maps in their distribution, inhabitants, and decline. The editors, and individuals, have united to supply a publication of leading edge wisdom at the lemur species whose troop constitution is so much just like the monkeys of alternative continents yet which proves, like lots else in Madagascar, to be unique.

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Therefore, one of the board members, Dr. Richard Pough, who was also a member of the board of directors of World Wildlife Fund, volunteered to present our ideas to WWF, and that organization agreed to fund the project. At that point, Professor Ramanantsoa began to survey areas in western and southern Madagascar in an attempt to find an undisturbed area with a diversity of flora and fauna that was relatively accessible. Another criteria was that the local inhabitants would be agreeable to and would actively participate in the project.

This is related to two factors; the density of lemurs at lower FCD ranges is lower, and deforestation of lower quality forests is occurring at a much lower rate. 3). 8%, respectively. Forests that are represented by the 2. 2 Area of total habitat occupied by ringtailed lemurs, percentage of total area occupied within the entire 100,000 km2 research area, percentage of total ringtailed lemur habitat occupied, number of predicted lemurs, and average density of lemurs per FCD range for (a) 1985 and (b) 2000.

15 years in regions with 70+ FCD was only 437 km2, the reduction in the lemur population in these high-density forests is inordinately high because of the high density of ringtailed lemur populations in these forests. Although the population density is much higher for ringtails living in areas with high FCD, the total area represented by low FCD forests within the ringtailed lemur habitat is very high. Of the total area occupied by ringtailed lemurs, more than 90% is in forests ≤70 FCD. This area was occupied by 575,471 ringtailed lemurs in 1985 and 472,097 in 2000, representing 62% of the population in 1985 and 63% in 2000.

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