Lucy has just submitted the thesis for her MSc by research on the mongoose lemur Eulemur mongoz population on the island of Anjouan, Union des Comores. The species is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered following a dramatic decline in numbers due to forest fragmentation and hunting. It is found in the forests of western Madagascar and is present on the Comoro islands of Anjouan, Moheli and Grand Comoro, where it is thought to have been introduced by humans.
This research is part of a CEPF funded project with the NGO Dahari that aims to conduct a comprehensive assessment of terrestrial conservation priorities on the island of Anjouan and identify a long-term monitoring programme.
The main aim of the MSc project is to collect biodiversity data that will allow identification of conservation needs of Eulemur mongoz, which is one of the flagship endangered species on the island.
She will use hierarchical modelling to obtain an abundance estimate and distribution map for the species and will also investigate habitat selection. This will inform Dahari’s conservation work on Anjouan and act as a baseline for continued monitoring of the population.