Tails From The Canopy
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Preserving Endangered Species
All 22 species of lemur are endangered or threatened
in the wild.
This is due at least in part to the fact that all live on an
island, and are found nowhere else in the world. Human population
growth and loss of habitat are the primary reason for dwindling
numbers of Lemurs in the wild.
While captive breeding programmes are not an ideal way of preserving
a species, in some cases, at least for the moment, it is a partial
solution to the problem of conserving populations. Good captive
programmes like that practiced at Tiger Homes involve an in-depth
awareness of the animals’ wild habitats, food sources, and
Have students pick an endangered species
that interests them. Have them research the behavior of these animals
in the wild and then
design a captive breeding and care programme that would help preserve
the species until it is safe for them to live in the wild. They
should take into account such things as home range size, territorial
habits, social structure, food sources and methods of attainment
and anything else they consider significant.
Lemurs: Tales From The Web
The internet is a wonderful research tool for investigators of
all ages and levels of interest. It is also a tool which requires
critical assessment. The following activity is designed to
help students learn more about lemurs, sharpen their investigative
skills, and apply critical judgement to their sources on the
World Wild Web.
Have each student do a search of ‘The Web’ for
lemur and/or primate web sights. Each student should find and
3 different sites (excluding tigerhomes.org), rating each by
one of the following criteria:
a)most informative b) most imaginative c) most amusing d) most
geographically interesting (where did the site originate… a
lemur web site based in Trinidad might fall into this category)
e) weirdest f) worst.
In their reviews each student should identify (internet address
and title) and describe the web site, write a synopsis of its
content and style, explain why it fits into the chosen category
and list something new that they learned at the site, or a fact
or claim about which they have a question.
When individuals have completed their reviews, the class should
go to and explore some of the more outstanding sites. If the
class (or instructor) finds sites of particular interest that
are not already linked on the TigerHomes.org web page, forward
them and see what the naturalists at the sanctuary think of them.
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