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Taboo adherence and presence of Perrier’s sifaka (Propithecus perrieri) in Andrafiamena forest [Madagascar Conservation & Development]

Jordi Salmona, Fabien Jan, Lounès Chikhi

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Habitat loss and poaching are among the most serious threats to the fragile and unique biodiversity of Madagascar. In the past, traditional taboos (fady), commonly associated with folk stories, have had a buffering effect on several lemur species. Here, we examine the status of hunting taboos with reference to the conservation of the critically endangered Perrier´s sifaka (Propithecus perrieri). We also provide an update on P. perrieri’s presence in the protected area of Andrafiamena in the face of ongoing habitat fragmentation and poaching.(...)

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