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The Beza Mahafaly Lemur Biology Project

 
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Lepilemur leucopus: the White-footed sportive lemur.
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Other Lemurs

In addition to ring-tailed lemurs, the reserve is home to:
  • Lepilemur leucopus: the White-footed sportive lemur
  • Propithecus verreauxi: Verreaux’s sifaka
  • Microcebus griseorufus: the gray brown mouse lemur. This sleepy mouse lemur is part of a study by Malagasy researcher Emilienne Rasoazanabary at Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve.
  • Mahafaly People

The people of this area generously donated land for the establishment of the Beza Mahafaly Reserve. They are composed of Mahafaly, Antandroy, and Tanala peoples (Ratsirarson, 2003).

They are an agro-pastoralist people who cultivate crops as well as breed livestock (Ratsirarson, 2003). They have cultural taboos against the hunting of both lemurs and tortoises (Ratsirarson, 2003)

 
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