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The Beza Mahafaly Lemur Biology Project

A ring-tailed lemur in the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve.

Conservation Biology

Given the threat to lemurs in the wild, it is essential to determine how human-induced habitat change is affecting their health. In 2003 a survey on the health and disease ecology of wild ring-tailed lemurs began at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve.

During this survey, a preliminary examination of nutritional and disease parameters of wild ring-tailed lemurs living within the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve, as well as groups living within anthropogenically altered areas nearby, was completed. The research team safely captured 70 individuals living within the protected reserve, around and within the camp and within a habitat highly impacted by anthropogenic change. All research follows strict animal handling protocol (“IACUC”) as well as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES. These studies are ongoing.

The project gratefully acknowledges the support of the St. Louis Zoo, The National Geographic Society, The Lindbergh Fund, The John Ball Zoo Society, Primate Conservation Incorporated, The American Society of Primatologists, The University of North Dakota and the University of Colorado Dean’s Grant, Seed Grant and CU Grant-in Aid.

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