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Available evidence from the Aire Protégée Menabe Antimena (APMA) in the central Menabe region of western Madagascar indicates that the already critically endangered Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae) may be one step away from extinction. It’s remaining potential habitat is rapidly shrinking, formerly stable populations have disappeared, and there are no captive populations. While it is impossible to prove that a species has gone extinct while some potential habitat remains, only captures of these small, elusive, nocturnal animals can ultimately reveal whether sustainable populations persist.
The objective of this project is therefore to launch a systematic protected area-wide survey of the remaining potential habitats of M. berthae to determine the distribution and abundance of any remaining population nuclei. Only by focusing parallel patrolling activities on these areas can the smallest primate of the world be saved from extinction within the next 5 years or less.
As a bonus, our survey methods will provide additional information on the status populations of other sympatric nocturnal lemur species (Lepilemur ruficaudatus (CR), Mirza coquereli (EN), Cheirogaleus medius (LC), Phaner pallescens and Microcebus murinus (LC).
Peter Kappeler1,2, Livia Schäffler3, Rodin Rasoloarison1, Claudia Fichtel1, Léonard Razafimanantsoa1, Matthias Markolf21Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, German Primate Center (DPZ), Göttingen,
Germany2Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Germany3Section Conservation Ecology, Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring, Leibniz Institute for the
Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Bonn, Germany
Re:wild, California, USA
Grant Number SMA-CCO-G0000000088
Project Title: “Is Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur Extinct?”