Today is international primate day, which is designed to raise awareness of the threats and problems faced by our closest relatives in the animal kingdom.
As its common name implies, the greater bamboo lemur is the largest of Madagascar’s bamboo-eating lemurs. Historical records and sub-fossil remains confirm it was once widespread throughout the island. The greater bamboo lemur is threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, the cutting of bamboo, and hunting with slingshots. It has vanished from most of its former range and only a few relatively small populations have been documented thus far in the southeast. Hunting and habitat destruction are the presumed causes. The population in Ranomafana National Park is estimated at no more than 250 adult individuals.