August 08, 2011
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A new film, Trouble in Lemur Land, showcases the Critically Endangered silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus). With only 300-2,000 silky sifaka's surviving in the wild, this large and distinct lemur is considered one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world.
Primatologist, Erik Patel told mongabay.com that the film took months of filming in Madagascar, but managed to captured "some of the best HD footage of silky sifakas ever filmed," including infants.
The film also highlights the illegal logging of rosewood, one of the primary threats to the silky sifaka.
To read more about Erik Patel's work in Madagascar: Lessons from the crisis in Madagascar, an interview with Erik Patel