Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar

Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Martin Clunes

Credit: APT

Hunted for their protein by locals, and losing their natural habitats to deforestation, lemurs are scarce and hard to find, creating a cause for adventure for Clunes and his guides. The country and island of Madagascar, located off the Southeastern coast of Africa, contains some of the most diverse wildlife in the world, including 10,000 unique trees and flowers. It is also the main habitat for most species of lemurs, primates that have been able to flourish on the isolated landmass until humans arrived around 2,000 years ago. With 17 species already extinct, international experts and Madagascar locals alike are taking steps to help ensure the existence of the lemur, which is still in great jeopardy. Martin Clunes: The Lemurs of Madagascar, premiering Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11), follows Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes into the rainforests of Madagascar to be one of the privileged few to see different species of these endangered animals.