Rondo Dwarf Galago

Facts
  • EDGE Mammals Rank: 31.
  • Known from just seven isolated and highly threatened forest patches in Tanzania.
  • Only discovered in 1997.
  • One of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world.
  • The smallest and most threatened of the 18 galago – or bushbaby – species.
Threats
  • Its known range is severely threatened by forest clearance for agricultural land, fire and timber harvesting.
  • It may already be extinct in two of the seven forest patches from which it is known.
  • Few people in Tanzania are aware of this tiny primate’s existence.
Conservation Required
  • Field surveys to assess the status of known populations, and surveys of forest patches that may hold further undiscovered populations.
  • Raise awareness of the species’ status and conservation needs amongst key decision makers within local and central government and amongst people living within the habitats of the Rondo dwarf galago.
  • Strengthen the capacity of local communities to manage forests, improve forest governance and – if necessary – create protected areas where the Rondo dwarf galago occurs.
  • Develop a species action plan detailing conservation actions required to secure the future of the Rondo dwarf galago.


Proposed Actions

EDGE aims to support the conservation of the Critically Endangered Rondo dwarf galago and other threatened species in the coastal forests of Tanzania through carrying out research, improved forest management and increased awareness.

This tiny primate is classified as one of the world’s top 25 most endangered primates. It is known from just seven small forest patches in Tanzania – and it may already be extinct in two of these. The main threats to the galago are from the loss of its forest habitat caused by fire, timber harvesting and tree clearance for agriculture.

There are no conservation programmes currently focusing on the Rondo dwarf galago and few people in Tanzania are even aware of its existence. Given increasing pressure on the forests where the species is found, it is essential that the owners and managers of the reserves, and other stakeholders with an influence on how those forests are managed, take action to conserve its remaining habitat. In order to do this, they need information on the status, distribution and ecological requirements of Rondo dwarf galago populations.

The proposed project aims to initiate a comprehensive programme of field surveys to collect this vital information, which will help to inform the development of a conservation strategy for the Rondo dwarf galago. Local awareness-raising activities will be carried out in tandem with data collection and will target in particular the key decision makers and local communities who will ultimately decide the fate of this charismatic but little-known species.

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11th Feb 11
This is the second guest blog from George Tyson, a graduate journalist with a keen interest in conservation. Rondo Dwarf Galago - Galagoides rondoensis ...  Read