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2006-06-11 20:39:17

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - They may not be able to compete with cheap Chinese goods, Finnish mobile phones or subsidized farmers in the European Union. But African nations can take on the best when it comes to wildlife. Countries such as Madagascar and Rwanda are starting to "brand" themselves as unique ecotourism destinations in a bid to carve a lucrative niche in the global economy. "If you look at Madagascar, its nature is its only competitive advantage. It's diverse...

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2006-05-11 18:45:00

Lemurs, those wide-eyed, active, monkey-like animals running around the island in the movie "Madagascar," are known for their ability to leap. A robotic lemur being tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory moves more slowly, but might someday take its own giant leap - by going into space with astronauts. "Lemur," short for the Limbed Excursion Mechanical Utility Robot, was originally conceived to help maintain future spacecraft and space stations. It weighs in at just 26 pounds (12...

2006-01-09 08:27:06

By Tim Cocks ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar has reached a milestone in its plan to triple its nature reserves by the end of 2008, protecting a million extra hectares since the plan was drafted, a top conservation group said on Monday. President Marc Ravalomanana pledged to boost the huge Indian Ocean island's protected forests and wetlands to 6.0 million hectares from its then 1.7 million in September 2003 at a World Parks Congress in South Africa. Herilala Randriamahazo,...

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2005-08-09 18:50:00

CHICAGO -- German and Malagasy primatologists have discovered two new species of lemurs, naming one of them after Steve Goodman, a Field Museum scientist who has devoted nearly two decades to studying the animals of Madagascar. Lemurs in the wild are found only in Madagascar, one of the most important conservation hotspots on Earth. Lemurs are the last living link to ancient primates that have a common link to the primate lineage that evolved into humans. Therefore, they are extremely...

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2005-07-11 06:40:00

ANTANANARIVO -- The hit movie "Madagascar" has raised hopes that its namesake island will benefit from higher tourist visits, which could encourage locals to conserve rainforests considered among the world's most pristine and rare. The animated film by DreamWorks Studios, which has earned $179.6 million since its May release, features the voices of actors Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer and Chris Rock. Though few on the huge Indian Ocean island will see the film until its video release -- its...

2005-06-06 22:56:57

New Haven, Conn.--Yale biologists have managed to extract and analyze DNA from giant, extinct lemurs, according to a Yale study published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Radiocarbon dating of the bones and teeth from which the DNA was obtained reveal that each of the individuals analyzed died well over 1,000 years ago, according to the senior author, Anne Yoder, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Living lemurs...


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Randrianasolo's Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur randrianasoloi
2012-08-08 09:32:17

Randrianasolo's sportive lemur (Lepilemur randrianasoloi) is also known as Bemaraha sportive lemur, and is native to western areas of Madagascar. The full extent of its range is not yet known, because this species is one of fifteen described in 2006, so more research is needed to define the boundaries of its range. It occurs in dry deciduous forests. Randrianasolo's sportive lemur can reach an average body length of up to 1.8 feet, including the tail. Because this lemur has only recently...

Sahamalaza Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur sahamalazensis
2012-08-08 09:26:25

The Sahamalaza sportive lemur (Lepilemur sahamalazensis) is native to the island of Madagascar, where its range is limited to the Sahamalaza Peninsula found in northwestern Madagascar. Because this area is a converging point for two types of habitats, including arid deciduous forests, this lemur resides in both primary and secondary forests. The Sahamalaza sportive lemur is a newly discovered species, along with 14 other members in the Lepilemur genus. Because of this, its taxonomic status...

Crowned Sifaka, Propithecus coronatus
2012-08-08 08:43:18

The crowned sifaka (Propithecus coronatus) is native to Madagascar, with a range that extends to the Mahavavy River in the southwest. The northeastern border of this range is the Betsiboka River. It has been reported that the crowned sifaka occurs in south and southeast Madagascar, which may broaden its range. It prefers to reside in arid deciduous forests in western Madagascar. The crowned sifaka can reach an average body length of 3.3 feet, with a tail length between 1.5 and 1.8 feet....

Aye-aye, Daubentonia madagascariensis
2012-08-03 15:38:35

The aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is a species of lemur that is native only to the island of Madagascar. This species is the only remaining member in the Daubentonia genus. Its range is slightly fragmented in some areas. It derives its scientific name from Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, a French naturalist, and from the island on which it was first discovered. Aye-ayes prefer a habitat within deciduous forests or rainforests, with most occurring in rainforests, but can inhabit...

Weasel Sportive Lemur, Lepilemur mustelinus
2012-08-02 20:43:55

The weasel sportive lemur (Lepilemur mustelinus) is native to the island of Madagascar. Its other common names include the weasel lemur, the greater weasel lemur, and the greater sportive lemur. It prefers a habitat within rainforests or tropical rainforests. Its fur is red-brown on the back and grey-brown on the underbelly. It can reach an average body length of up to fourteen inches with a tail length of between ten to twelve inches. Groups of this species are small, consisting of a...

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