As the mammal tree of life suffers hits, should we prioritize which species to save?

The current mass extinction is eliminating whole branches of the mammal tree of life, which will take millions of years to replace, according to a recent study. Some researchers suggest focusing our conservation efforts on mammal species that sit on the tree’s most distinct and precarious limbs. How we choose to save one species over […]

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Millipedes might soothe itchy lemurs, research finds

Pesky itchiness caused by parasitic worms may have driven one of Madagascar’s lemur species to come up with a natural remedy. New research, published July 30 in the journal Primates, suggests that red-fronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) apply millipede secretions to parts of their bodies, a process called “self-anointment.” “Self-anointment combined with eating millipede secretions may […]

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Sifaka lemurs listed as “critically endangered” amid mysterious die-off

Lemurs in Madagascar have been under pressure from deforestation, poaching, drought and other challenges for years. Now, in the much-visited Berenty Reserve near the island’s southern tip, one species faces a mysterious new threat. In the last month and a half, at least 31 Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) have died in the reserve. Most were […]

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Born and Raised in Madagascar

Madagascar is considered to be one of the, if not the most, precious reservoir of life on our planet. Some 90% of its fauna and flora is endemic to the island, meaning these species are only found in Madagascar. Its lilies have cancer-curing properties, and its deep tropical forest (and the savannah-like mainland, and mountainous regions) […]

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