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Golden Bamboo Lemur

Africa

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Hapalemur aureus

Endangered

  • Loss of habitat as bamboo forests are destroyed to make way for human settlements, agricultural lands, and local livelihood activities
  • Death through projectile hunting and snare trapping by humans

The Golden Bamboo Lemur, an endemic species to the Madagascar rainforests, belongs to the world’s only five bamboo lemurs and is the only arboreal primate that has an almost exclusive bamboo diet.

Its name is an obvious reference to its golden-furred body when it was first discovered by Dr. Patricia Wright in 1986. It was found in one of the best-recognized rainforests of Madagascar which is now called Ranomafana National Park, specifically designed to protect the crepuscular (active at twilight) Golden Bamboo Lemur population.

The continued slash-and-burn agriculture of bamboo forests plays a huge role in the diminishing numbers of this lemur species. As more and more bamboos are used for house construction and manufacturing of products, it makes more difficult for the Golden Bamboo Lemur to find food and live a normal life.

Direct hunting is also another problem as bamboo lemurs are targeted using snares, blowguns, slings, and spears by humans who sell them for food consumption or pet trade.