Madagascar's lemurs at risk of extinction

Madagascar and neighboring Comoros Islands are home to the world's lemur population,but one of the country's leading scientists says lemurs are on the "verge of extinction".

Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Madagascar's foremost primatologist says: "We've not much time left, we have to work together to save the living lemurs before it's too late."

Madagascar is an ecological marvel -- 92% of mammals indigenous to the island exist nowhere else on Earth. And despite this distinction, at present 24 of the island's known lemur species, including the silky sifaka and the sibree's dwarf lemur, are listed as "critically endangered," according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

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Source: CNN