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Overview of project
The greater bamboo lemurs was believed to be extinct until 1964. This project supports monitoring of a viable population of this lemur and helps avoid increasing human-lemur conflict.
- Project Description
Greater bamboo lemur monitoring in Kianjavato
For over 60 years, it was unknown if there were any greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) left in the world. Eventually, a population was discovered in the forests of Kianjavato, inspiring the establishment of Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership's field station. Here, this species is doing well in forests bordering human settlements. However, their bamboo-based diet makes them vulnerable, since this plant is intensely harvested. As a result, they occasionally raid agricultural crops, foreshadowing severe human-wildlife conflicts.
The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has been monitoring eight greater bamboo lemurs since 2010, employing only local guides who collaborate with international volunteers. Their efforts help us understand what this species needs to survive. Their work guides bamboo harvesting policies that define harvest and no-harvest zones, attracts ecotourists whose financial contributions improve community infrastructure, and educates local community at annual conservation camps for kids.
Led by Theoluc, the team supervisor, Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership's greater bamboo lemur team consists of seven lemur guides who are some of the most knowledgeable people in the world on this species. Through the Greater Bamboo Lemur Monitoring project, we are ensuring and promoting conservation of this species locally and globally.