By John R. Platt
For years now conservationists have warned that many of Madagascar's iconic lemur species face the risk of extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade and the emerging market for the primates' meat.
Yes, people eat lemurs, and the reasons they do aren't exactly what we might expect.
Lemur at a hotel.
Leonora Enking / CC BY-SA 2.0<p>The tourism boom and the insect research remains in their early phases, but still, they represent progress for the world's <a href="https://www.coloradoan.com/story/money/2019/07/07/afghanistan-madagascar-malawi-poorest-countries-in-the-world/39636131/" target="_blank">eighth-poorest country</a>, a land where at least <a href="https://therevelator.org/lemurs-crisis-extinction/" target="_blank">95 percent of lemur species are threatened with extinction</a> and far too many people suffer in poverty. With those threats continuing to weigh heavily on both wildlife and people, every step forward is critical — both for humans and wildlife.</p><p><em>(</em><em>An earlier version of this article was published by </em>Scientific American<em>.)</em></p>
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Ninety-five percent of Earth's lemur population is threatened, experts warned this week, underscoring their unfortunate position as the world's most endangered primates.
Of the planet's 111 known lemur species and subspecies, 105 can be provisionally evaluated as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable, a group of primate specialists convened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) determined.