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Crowned Lemur Conservation
Portfolio / Nosy Ankao / Crowned Lemur Conservation
Both charming and fascinating, lemurs are a major tourist attraction for Madagascar, but are unfortunately highly threatened across almost all regions of the country. Working with Fanamby and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, the Time + Tide Foundation supports the translocation of threatened Crowned Lemur (Eulemur Coronatus) family groups from the Bekaraoka Forest on mainland Madagascar, where habitat degradation and hunting pressures are high, to the safety colony of Nosy Ankao.
In 2017, we formalized the relationship with the Amparihirano Community, custodians of the Bekaraoka Forest, and translocated the first 5 lemurs to the island. The objective of the translocation is to offer fragmented family groups a safe location in which to breed, while simultaneously promoting tourism to Bekaraoka Forest so that Amparihirano residents benefit directly from biodiversity conservation. The lemurs born on Nosy Ankao will eventually be moved back to Bekaraoka Forest in order to boost Crowned Lemur population numbers on mainland Madagascar.