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Be the first to see new species of Lemur

16th December 2010 Print

Wildlife lovers were delighted to hear the news this week that a new species of lemur has been discovered in the lush forests of Madagascar.

Reef & Rainforest Tours - the longest established and most experienced UK operator for Madagascar - is offering a special expedition to see the new primate.

The find was revealed on the BBC2 documentary Decade of Discovery, aired on Tuesday 14 December. The fork-marked lemur was discovered by primate expert and president of Conservation International, Russ Mittermeier. Results of genetic testing of samples taken by Dr Mittermeier and team are expected to confirm a brand new species.

Natural history tourism is fast becoming one of the major sources of income for the country and visitors contribute directly to the conservation of its precious remaining forests and wildlife. The habitat of the new lemur is off the beaten tourist path but Reef and Rainforest Tours can arrange a special expedition to Daraina in the far north of the country.

No tour to this region would be complete without a visit to the most important wildlife reserves or time to relax on a beautiful tropical island. Accommodation in the north and west ranges from simple park huts to luxury boutique resorts.

A 14 day tour including mainly full board accommodation and international flights costs from £3,488 per person. Highlights include:

* Day and night wildlife walks in Perinet and Mantadia National Parks
* Full days' explorations in Montaigne d'Ambre and Ankarana National Parks
* 1 Night/2 Day camping trip to Daraina to track the fork-marked lemur
* Snorkelling boat trip and wildlife walks on Nosy Be island (diving optional)

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