“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The name lemur is taken from the Latin word lemurēs. Lemurēs were “shades or spirits of the restless or malignant dead and haunters of the night”. Lemurs were probably so named because of their appearance and nocturnal habits.
Clearly this legend no longer protects this rare and critically endangered primate. The black and white ruffed lemur, being quite large, is now viewed more as a tangible, edible commodity than an elusive, mythical spectre. Sadly, its distinctive black and white markings, its size and its daylight activity, make it, as you would imagine, hard to miss when sitting in the trees; it is now heavily hunted. Black and white ruffed lemur meat is also expensive and much sought after.
But, there is an even broader threat to the…
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