Lemurs Keep us Alive
There are many things that contribute to the extinction of lemurs, but the main problem is deforestation. Deforestation is the cutting down and clearing of forests. When you clear a forest it takes away food and homes from the species that live there. If animals don’t have their food and a place to stay it makes it really hard for them to survive. Kevin Hagin author of Deforestation in Madagascar (MADAGAS) wrote “In Madagascar, people have been cutting down the forests for decades. Throughout the past century, much of the rainforests ofMadagascarhave disappeared. People have begun moving out of the cities, industries have started to expand, and the use of land for farming (particularly coffee) has dramatically increased. All of these phenomenons have led to the destruction of theforestofMadagascar. This has become a major issue, not only because of the value that the forest have on the living environment on earth, but also because ofMadagascar’s unusual and rare species. Biologically,Madagascaris one of the richest areas on earth.” This shows that the forest inMadagascarhas been degraded for years and that it is important to stop deforestation. Most people that have been deforestingMadagascarare using the slash and burn technique. The slash and burn technique is when you cut down the forest and then burn it. This technique is known to be one of the worst ways of clearing a forest because it kills everything and it takes several years for anything to start to grow back. . Other people use the wood from Madagascar to make profit of it. By clearing theses forests people are taking away the lemur’s ecosystem. Forests need to be let alone so that not just Lemurs but all native species ofMadagascarcan stay alive.
Many people have tried to help stop the deforestation but there are some people who don’t want to stop. According to Current.com “Armed bands are decimating rain-forest reserves in northeasternMadagascar, killing lemurs and intimidating conservation workers, despite widespread condemnation by international environmental groups.” These people are not wanting stop deforestation because a type of wood that is inMadagascaris very profitable. These armed bands aren’t the only people who don’t care about lemurs. The timber mafia is also threatening and intimidating park authorities. According to National Radio Maroantsetra a park ranger from ANGAP (Madagascar’s protected areas agency) had both of his feet broken by representatives of timber barons of Mananara. Also according to Current.com the rosewood cutters are more numerous than ever, the logging area is spreading toward the South. These people don’t understand that lemurs and forests are important. There are few forests that people haven’t effected we need to keep our forests because they help control our climate. Rainforest concern.org proves that forests are important by saying “Rainforests store water like a huge sponge. The trees draw water from the forest floor and release it back in to the atmosphere in the form of swirling mists and clouds. Without Forests continually recycling huge quantities of water, feeding the rivers, lakes and irrigation systems, droughts would become more common, potentially leading to widespread famine and disease. Did you know that we also depend on trees to cleanse our atmosphere? They absorb the carbon dioxide that we exhale, and provide the oxygen we need to breathe. When rainforest trees are burnt they release carbon dioxide, which pollutes the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. Deforestation is in fact considered the second major driver of climate change (more than the entire global transport sector), responsible for 18-25% of global annual carbon dioxide emissions.” This shows that we all need forests, including lemurs. Forests also give us medicines that keep us humans healthy. According to rainforestconcern.org “more than 25% of our modern medicines originate from forest plants…We have only learned how to use 1% of these amazing plants, so imagine the possibilities if we could experiment with the other 99%!” This shows that by degrading our forests we are taking away from not only lemur health but human health as well. Lemurs are also very important to keeping forests healthy. Lemurs are pollinators, just like bees and butterflies “On theislandofMadagascar, black and white ruffed lemurs are the main pollinators of traveler’s trees or traveler’s palm. These trees are typically 40-feet-high. They lemurs use their nimble hands to pull open the tough flower bracts. They stick their long snouts and tongues deep inside a tree’s flower. As a result, they collect pollen on their muzzle and fur, and then transport it to the next flower. The resulting fruits are a major source of food. It appears that no other creature has the strength and nimbleness to pollinate the palm.”
Most people don’t care about lemurs but they should because they keep us alive. We need air to breath and the air that we get comes from trees from our forests. The forests are being degraded which makes our air quality go down, so we need to stop deforestation so that we can breathe. Since so much deforestation has already occurred we need to help replenish our forests by saving lemurs. Lemurs are very important to keeping our forests alive because they pollinate the forests and keep it healthy and growing. For humans to be able to go outside and breath in clean air we need to help stop lemurs from becoming endangered.
To save lemurs we first need to get people to care. People don’t understand the importance of the lemur. By telling people and spreading the word about how we need lemurs for us to live will start making an effect. Then once we inform people of the importance of lemurs we need to get people to donate to organizations that help protect lemurs.