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Lemur population ‘on brink of extinction’
Lemurs have lived on the island of Madagascar for more than 400 million years.

Experts implementing major action plan for lemur conservation 

Ninety-five per cent of the world’s lemur population is ‘on the brink of extinction’, according to leading primate conservationists.

Experts attending the IUCN Lemur Workshop in Madagascar concluded that out of 111 lemur species, 105 are critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. The group is now working together to implement a major action plan for lemur conservation.

Big-eyed and charismatic, lemurs have lived on the island of Madagascar for more than 400 million years. But illegal logging, charcoal production and mining have destroyed their natural habitat. New research also shows they are threatened by hunting and live capture for pets.

Experts say that a possible lemur extinction could have a knock-on effect on Madagascar’s ecosystem. Large-seeded plants, which are key to the health of the island’s forests - could be at risk of extinction because lemurs spread their seeds.

A lemur extinction could also have a major impact on Madagascar’s tourist trade, experts say. The island promotes the animal as its greatest asset and people travel from all over the world to see them.

Among the species of lemur raised from Endangered to Critically Endangered are the Indri lemur, Madame Berth’s mouse lemur and the striking blue-eyed black lemur.

The workshop was attended by 50 primate experts from across the globe, including representatives from Global Wildlife Conservation, the Bristol Zoological Society and IUCN’s SOS Programme.

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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).