With forest destruction rampant in Madagascar, finding a good home is difficult for Nosy Be sportive lemurs.
These nocturnal primates prefer spacious tree-hole housing to protect them from predators as they sleep all day, but big trees containing tree-holes are rare in degraded forests. Being critically endangered, it’s important to the lemurs’ survival to raise their infants with a nice standard of living—the next step after critically endangered is “extinct in the wild!”
To address this housing crisis, the Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability (i.F.r.o.g.s.) team including local Malagasy naturalists tried an experiment. We constructed 25 wooden day-resting boxes to serve as tree holes in degraded forests to the east of Lokobe National Park in northwestern Madagascar.
Within a week the bright-eyed lemurs already started to move in, and within two months more than a third of the houses were occupied! The fact that mother lemurs with babies moved in bodes well for the project and the continuation of this critically endangered species.
Our team plans to build more lemur housing to bring this species back from the brink. We can build a box for just $25, and it only takes $70 per month to hire a “Lemur Ranger” to keep the boxes rat-free and lemur-ready, while keeping scientific notes on the lemur tenants. Donate at iFrogs.net and help lemurs to always have a home in which to survive and thrive in their tropical paradise.