When Endangered Lemurs Need a Home, This Is What You Build
By Drs. Valerie C. Clark and Patricia C. Wright of i.F.r.o.g.s.
With forest destruction rampant in Madagascar, finding a good home is difficult for Nosy Be sportive lemurs.
These nocturnal primates prefer spacious tree-hole housing to protect them from predators as they sleep all day, but big trees containing tree-holes are rare in degraded forests. Being critically endangered, it’s important to the lemurs’ survival to raise their infants with a nice standard of living—the next step after critically endangered is “extinct in the wild!”
To address this housing crisis, the Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability (i.F.r.o.g.s.) team including local Malagasy naturalists tried an experiment. We constructed 25 wooden day-resting boxes to serve as tree holes in degraded forests to the east of Lokobe National Park in northwestern Madagascar.