Appalling photos reveal lemur carnage in Madagascar [warning: graphic images]
Rhett A. Butler, wildmadagascar.org
August 20, 2009
As governance collapses and aid disappears, commercial poaching emerges. New pictures released by Conservation International depict a troubling development in Madagascar: the emergence of a commercial bushmeat market for lemurs.
In the aftermath of a March coup that saw Madagascar’s president replaced at gunpoint by the capital city’s mayor, Madagascar’s reserves – especially in the northern part of the country – were ravaged by illegal loggers. Armed bands, financed by foreign timber traders, went into Marojejy and Masoala national parks, harvesting valuable hardwoods including rosewood and ebonies. Without support from the central government – or international agencies that pulled aid following the coup – there was no one to stop the carnage. But now it emerges that timber wasn’t the only target.