|Indri lemur, credit J. Washburn-Lee|
Since a political coup in 2009, Madagascar's eastern rainforest has lost over a million hectares of coverage. A surfeit of poaching and rosewood cutting has taken place as well as clearances for subsistence farming and charcoal production. Lemurs once enjoyed the protection of traditional taboos, but increasingly hunters are poaching the larger lemur species and selling them as bushmeat in local markets. Go to Monagabay.com to see pictures of Madagascar's endemic wildlife threatened by man's uncontrolled exploitation of the island's natural resources.