In the summer of 2016 Lemur Love and the Pet Lemur Survey launched a nation-wide outreach campaign in Madagascar. This collaboration incorporated conservation education, an interactive website, and on-the-ground data collection examining the drivers of the illegal pet trade in Madagascar.
Conservation education program
In June and July 2016, Lemur Love and the Pet Lemur Survey undertook conservation education outreach as part of our combined efforts to prevent trafficking of lemurs within Madagascar. As part of our efforts, we distributed informational posters about the pet lemur trade across Madagascar. We targeted 24 cities/villages for locally specialized education campaigned and poster placement. We aimed to raise awareness about the illegal nature of pet lemur ownership and help direct people to actionable information regarding what they can do to help pet lemurs. This work is funded by a Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation’s Primate Action Fund grant to Lemur Love.
We understand the need for people to have information about where lemurs are kept as pets in Madagascar and what species are most affected. Pet Lemur Survey launched an interactive website were users can visualize where and when lemurs have been pets across the island. These visualizations show aggregated data, and are important tools for conservation managers and decision-makers. This website is funded by the National Geographic and is available in English, French, and Malagasy.
on-the-ground data collection
In partnership with Pet Lemur Survey, we initiated extensive data collection in the southern half of Madagascar. The aim of the initiative is to understand how and why people in the south keep lemurs; data was previously collected by Kim Reuter in the northern half of the country. Based on preliminary data, the southern areas of the country are hotspots for pet lemur ownership, particularly ring-tailed lemurs. This field work is funded by the National Geographic Society Conservation Grant to the Pet Lemur Survey.
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