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A species made famous by a series of hit animated films is now threatened with extinction after a dramatic drop in its wild population.
Two new independent studies estimated that there are only between 2,000 and 2,400 ring-tailed lemurs — perhaps the most charismatic of Madagascar’s animals, and a flagship species of the country — left in the wild. This is a 95 percent decrease from the year 2000, when the last known population estimate was published. It also means that now there are more ring-tailed lemurs in zoos around the world than remain in the wild.
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Morgan Lynch is a staff writer for CI.
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