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Lemurs under threat from Madagascar's 'timber mafia'

Date : 18th November 2009, Source : The Telegraph (UK)

The lemur is under threat from a "timber mafia" which is pillaging the island's forests for profit, conservation groups have warned. Madagascar, which has been isolated from landmasses for more than 160m years, is the world's fourth largest island and a "conservation hotspot" with thousands of exotic species found only here. These include nearly 100 species of lemur, six of which are deemed critically endangered. But decades of logging, mining and farming have destroyed 90 per cent of Madagascar's forests, though the rate has slowed in the past two decades, the Guardian reports.

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