|Greater Bamboo Lemurs are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2021-3)|
Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) – Critically Endangered *
- One of the most threatened lemurs of Madagascar.
- In the past it was spread widely all over the island, but it is now only found in the humid forests of the East where slightly over a thousand individuals have been recorded.
HELPSIMUS was founded in November 2009. Its mission is to protect the Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) in Madagascar through the Bamboo Lemur Programme. This programme combines scientific monitoring of the species, protection of its habitat, supporting the development of the nearby villages and financing the education of the local children.
Helpsimus is based close to the National Park of Ranomafana but in an unprotected zone, located at the heart of the agricultural land of several villages inhabited by the largest wild population of Greater Bamboo Lemurs (nearly 500 specimens of an overall total of slightly more than 1200 individuals).
The aim of our Bamboo Lemur Programme is to find a balance between the needs of humans and those of the lemurs, so the local communities and wild fauna can cohabit in harmony.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by S. Meys for Helpsimus)
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