Project information

Saving the Greater Bamboo Lemur

The Greater Bamboo Lemur is one of the most threatened lemur species. The species is endemic to Madagascar. The latest population estimate is less than 200 individuals. There are only 22 animals in captivity, with nearly all descended from the same two wild born individuals

The project is ongoing in the protection of this species

Charity information: The Aspinall Foundation

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  • Need


    The Greater Bamboo Lemur is critically endangered, endemic to Madagascar it is threatened by slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, the cutting of bamboo and hunting with slingshots and snares. Sub-fossil records show that it was once one of the most common lemurs across a large part of the island. It has therefore suffered a dramatic decline, and is clearly in need of urgent action to try to save it.


    The Aspinall Foundation is seeking to identify unprotected areas that support bamboo lemurs or bamboo lemur habitat and prioritise them as areas needing additional support and management. In 2009, the surveys undertaken by the charity in collaboration with a number of other NGO's has resulted in the identification of several new habitat locations and as such, has doubled the number of locations where the Greater Bamboo Lemur is known to occur.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To ensure the survival of the critically endangered greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus)


    » Work with local partners to co-ordinate the development of a comprehensive management plan for the long-term survival of this species
    » Large areas of the distribution range have not been assessed, more detailed studies will be done to discover potentially unknown populations
    » Ensuring that all the known sites in rainforest corridors where P. simus occur are effectively managed and protected
    » Develop management tools for fragmented populations in isolated habitat pockets outside of the main forest corridors for their long-term survival

    What success will look like

    Success will be an increase on the currently identified population and identification of new habitat sites with p.simus presence

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the decline in the P.simus and provide a co-odinated approach to their population management, working with local partners to protect their forest habitat. Success will be an increase in wild population, that additional sites have ben pinpointed and fragmentation groups are being managed for future breeding & reintroduction


    The greatest risks to affect this project are the continuation of slash-and-burn agriculture, illegal logging, the cutting of bamboo and hunting with slingshots and snares. Building on the signed Accord de Siege with Madagascan governement, we will work with local partners to monitor the known areas of habitation, faciliating in their protection. We will continue to undertake surveys into the distribution and abundance of this species to broaren their protected range


    Rather than having a set program of feedback, we will let supporters know about key landmarks of progress, and share with them the stories of some of the primates we rescue and help

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £67,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Surveys Population number and distribution surveys
      £12,000 site costs Costs relating to the management of the project site and species within it
      £9,800 accomodation Accomadation for project co-ordinators
      £8,250 salaries Staff salaries
      £8,210 running costs Travel, food, vehicles and fuel
      £7,800 miscellaneous As this a new project not all costs are known
      £6,000 workshop Held locally to bring together interested parties to discuss managment of species
  • Background


    The project has a base in Antananarivo, the largest city in Madagascar situated in the centre of Madagascar. The projects ranges is that of the p.simus which is distributed across the south-eastern and south-central rainforests of Madagascar.


    The biggest beneficiary will be the greater bamboo lemur population, however the project is also employing local people as patrol rangers who dismantle traps and deterr poachers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Aspinall Foundation has an established track record in the protection and reintroduction of endangered primates in the wild. The charity began working in Central Africa in 1987, collaborating with the local governments of Congo and Gabon to provide sanctuary for orphan gorillas being illegally sold. It was from these beginnings that the first ever reintroduction project for gorillas was to evolve. We are building on what we have learnt from these projects to develop the Madagascar project

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony King - Project Director

    Responsible for the design and implementiof the Greater Bamboo Lemur project, and has been coordinating the project since 2009.

    Christelle Chamberlan - Project Administrator

    Responsible for the admin issues of the project, particularly negotiating the necessary agreements with the Malagasy government to set up project

    Maholy Ravaloharimanitra - Technical Assistant

    Responsible for assuring good comms between TAF and local community/partners. Also helping local community protect natural resources for species

Greater Bamboo Lemur

Greater Bamboo Lemur