The re-stocking of captive-bred ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata) into the Betampona Reserve, Madagascar: methodology and recommendations
Source: Biodiversity and Conservation, Volume 13, Number 3, March 2004 , pp. 635-657(23)
Abstract:Since November 1997 the Madagascar Fauna Group has released 13 captive-bred black and white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata variegata) into the Betampona Reserve in eastern Madagascar. The release programme has three major aims: (1) to assess the ability of captive-bred V. v. variegata to adapt to life in their natural habitat; (2) to investigate the contribution that such a release programme can make to reinforcing the existing small wild population of V. v. variegata in Betampona; and (3) to contribute to the long-term protection and conservation of the reserve. Criteria for the selection of release candidates, veterinary screening and pre-release experience in naturalistic environments are described and discussed. Methods for post-release monitoring of health and behaviour are covered in detail. The importance of considering the social dynamics of the species involved is emphasised. The survival of five of the releasees, plus successful reproduction and integration with the wild population have led to the conclusion that the release was a success.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Madagascar Fauna Group, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, 94132, USA; Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, UK ( ), Email: email@example.com 2: Madagascar Fauna Group, Toamasina, 501, Madagascar 3: Madagascar Fauna Group, Toamasina, 501, Madagascar; Duke University Primate Center, 3705 N. Erwin Road, Durham, 27705, USA 4: St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, St. Louis, 63110, USA 5: San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, 94132, USA 6: Duke University Primate Center, 3705 N. Erwin Road, Durham, 27705, USA
Publication date: 2004-03-01