Lemurs Far More Endangered Than We Thought

By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger

In fact, Madagascar’s iconic endemic primates are the most threatened mammal group in the world, with 91 percent of lemurs threatened with extinction. That’s what a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature has found.

Of the 103 different species of lemur, 23 are now listed as critically endangered, 52 are endangered, 19 are vulnerable. Just 6 species are not considered to be on the endangered scale, with 2 being near-threatened and 3 being of least concern. For 4 lemur species we don’t have enough data to determine their status.

The most endangered of the critically endangered lemur species, the northern sportive lemur has just 18 known individuals alive.

The last time such an assessment was done, in 2005, 10 species were considered critically endangered and 21 were endangered. Conservation International cites the increase in threats to lemurs, as well as the increase in recognized lemur species, as being behind the dramatic jump in endangered lemur species.


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LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for article.

Knut Franckenstein
Knut F4 years ago

People should ask the animals if they want them around, otherwise just respect them and let them live in their habitats!

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Very good article, thanks

Elizabeth Santos-mason
Elizabeth M4 years ago

I love these animals so much. Just wish people wouldn't keep them as pets.

Alicia N.
Alicia N4 years ago

sadly noted but thanks for this info. and great picture

Giana Peranio-paz

They must be preserved! How could we live without them?

Valerie A.
Valerie A4 years ago


Dale Overall

So many unique and fascinating animals, birds, insects and others face endangerment and need to be preserved. Lemurs are one of these at risk and their survival in necessary to keep Nature in harmony with the Earth.

Alison A.
Alison A4 years ago

Thanks for posting.