Save Nocturnal Lemur From Extinction

Target: Hery Rajaonarimampianina, Chief of State of Madagascar

Goal: Protect the aye-aye from extinction.

The aye-aye is the strangest looking primate on the planet. Its nocturnal habits make it extremely hard to study and track. While its exact numbers are unknown, its population has been greatly declining due to habitat loss, hunting, and persecution based on superstitions. They aye-aye is found only in Madagascar and is currently thought to be the largest nocturnal primate. The aye-aye also plays a very important biodiversity role by filling in for species that don’t exist on the island. Conservation efforts need to increase in order to save these unique creatures.

Habitat loss is the biggest threat to primates living in Madagascar. Over 80 percent of Madagascar is now prairie, leaving the aye-aye struggling to survive. Other primates are in danger of losing their habitats, but the aye-aye is also facing superstitions as a threat. Many people living in villages in Madagascar believe that aye-ayes are bad omens. Because of this, they are often killed on sight, a practice which is believed to prevent bad luck. It is crucial to use education to dispel these superstitions and protect the aye-ayes. Through education, people may come to protect the creature rather than execute it.

Aye-ayes are believed to be the only living primates in the family Daubentoniidae. If they were to go extinct, we would lose the last living species in this very old family. Its only relative, the Giant Aye-aye, went extinct roughly 1,000 years ago, leaving the aye-aye as the only extant member and a species worth protecting.

The aye-aye numbers have been in decline for many years. Madagascar is the only place that these unique creatures can be found, but without intensified efforts in conservation, we may lose this nocturnal primate. Please sign the petition below to help save these unusual yet amazing creatures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Hery Rajaonarimampianina,

Madagascar is the home to some of the world’s rarest creatures. The aye-aye is one of the most unusual creatures on the island of Madagascar and possibly the world. Revered by some and feared as a bad omen by others, these creatures are in need of protection. Conservationists have documented a steady decline in the aye-aye population, habitat loss and hunting having driven these nocturnal primates to near extinction. Aye-ayes are the only known living animal in the Daubentoniidae family. They also fill the ecosystem roles of squirrels and woodpeckers, neither of which live in Madagascar. Aye-ayes are thus crucial to maintaining biodiversity, and can be found nowhere else in the world.

In order to save the aye-aye, I urge you to implement educational programs that focus on promoting the importance of wildlife preservation. Education plays a key role in the conservation of the aye-aye by involving the local people and getting them to care about the wildlife they share a home with. I also urge you to make it a punishable crime to kill an aye-aye and enforce the protection of the already existing wildlife parks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Nomis-Simon

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2 Comments

  1. Renee Risser says:

    Stop killing these poor innocent lemurs. Do not kill these highly endangered lemurs because of your own ridiculous superstitions and instead, work to keep this animal from going extinct. You have the power to save them.

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Baha’i Writings ~ “To the blessed animals, however, the utmost kindness should be exercised: the more the better it will be. Man is generally sinful and the animal is innocent. Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals… The universe of God is a wonderful theatre upon the stage of which every created thing plays its part.”
    Hadith No. 557 ~ ”O Allah’s Apostle! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals? He replied: Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate.”
    Proverbs 12.10 ~ A righteous man has regard for the life of his animals.
    Psalm 34:16 ~ The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. God created all the animals
    Psalm 50:10 ~God cares for the animals. “Jesus said: ‘are not the five sparrows sold for two copper coins and not one of them is forgotten before God.
    Psalm 104 ~ All animals belong to God.
    The Bible repeatedly affirms that all creation participates in the praise of God, and each living thing has a part in God’s great purposes.
    Mahatma Gandhi ~ “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    Buddha ~ “It is more important to prevent animal suffering, rather than sit to contemplate the evils of the universe praying in the company of priests.”
    Pythagoras ~ “For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”

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