Save the Last Northern Sportive Lemurs

Target: Johanita Ndahimananjara, Madagascar’s Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests

Goal: Save the northern sportive lemur, endemic to Madagascar, from extinction.

The northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis) is a critically endangered, tiny lemur known for its large, amber eyes. It is native to Madagascar, and is one of the world’s most endangered primate species. It is known as “sportive” due to its unique trait of taking on a boxer-like stance when threatened.

This lemur’s total population is difficult to count and estimates vary extremely widely, lending to fears surrounding its near-term extinction. In 1999, its population was estimated to number between 10,000 and 100,000 individuals; in 2013, Richard Conniff, a writer for TakePart, reported that there may be as few as 19 of the lemurs left in the wild.

Madagascar, a country which has been designated a biodiversity hospot by Conservation International, is home to many threatened species, but few quite as endangered as L. septentrionalis. Charcoal production and other forms of human encroachment have lead the lemur’s terminal decline. Despite this, little of its known traditional habitat range—from the Amber Mountain National Park south to the Mahavavy River in northern Madagascar—is designated as protected land (small populations of the lemur have been reported in protected areas, though these claims are tenuous.)

In 2013, it was reported that just tens of individual lemurs were living on a patch of land about a quarter of the size of New York’s Central Park. Call for better protections for this nearly-exterminated primate.


Dear Minister Ndahimananjara,

Please encourage your government and Madagascar’s Ministry of Environment, Ecology, and Forests to immediately move to protect the critically endangered northern sportive lemur (L. septentrionalis). This lemur is one of the most endangered of all primates, and its habitat in Madagascar remains barely protected.

Population counts for the lemur vary widely. It has been reported, however, that just 19 individuals remain in the wild, in an area about 200 acres (0.81 square kilometers) large.

Allowing this lemur to die off would be to allow a unique species on Earth to vanish forever. It would be an unforgettable, and unpardonable, disservice to nature and society.

Please do whatever you can to protect the last of the northern sportive lemurs. Please do whatever you can to restore their lost population as quickly as possible.

Thank you.


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Photo credit: Frank Vassen

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  1. Carolyn Taylor says:

    These magnificent and unique animals should be a priority. Everything possible must be done to save them!

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    “Ye must not only have kind and merciful feelings for mankind, but ye should also exercise the utmost kindness towards every living creature.
    The physical sensibilities and instincts are common to animal and man.
    Man is, however, negligent of this reality and imagines that sensibility is peculiar to mankind, therefore he practices cruelty to the animal…..
    In reality what difference is there in physical sensations! Sensibility is the same whether you harm man or animal: there is no difference. Nay, rather, cruelty to the animal is more painful because man has a tongue and he sighs, complains and groans when he receives an injury and complains to the government and the government protects him from cruelty; but the poor animal cannot speak, it can neither show its suffering nor is it able to appeal to the government.
    If it is harmed a thousand times by man it is not able to defend itself in words nor can it seek justice or retaliate…..
    Therefore one must be very considerate towards animals and show greater kindness to them than to man…. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent; unquestionably one must be more kind and merciful to the innocent”. Baha’i Faith Writings
    PLEASE don’t allow them to become extinct! Thank you.

  3. annie vallet says:

    The government needs to react now, otherwise it will be too late to save the last lemurs

  4. kay allan says:



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