Help save the Aye-Aye from extinction!
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The Aye-Aye is a mammal that is found only in Madagascar. They have distinct features such as a large bushy tail, slender fingers, big eyes, large ears, and a small body (nationalgeographic). Those features make the Aye-Aye very unique. They mostly live in the rainforest trees, and rarely come down to ground level (nationalgeographic). That means that they rely on the trees for food and shelter.
Currently according to iucnredlist, the Aye-Aye are endangered. That means that their population size is steadily decreasing and they can face extinction if they do not get saved. Two main reasons why the Aye-Aye are dying is because of habitat loss and overhunting. Everyday the trees that the Aye-Aye live in are being cut down. That results in them not having a safe place to live, or a reliable food source. The Aye-Aye also get overhunted. Many people in Madagascar believe that the Aye-Aye is a bad omen, and predicts death (factslegend). They also see the Aye-Aye as harmful to their crops. So in result of that, they hunt down the tiny mammal.
The Aye-Aye live in the jungle. Some abiotic factors that influence their lives include the weather. The weather influences their lives because if there isnt’t adequate rain, then the Aye-Aye wouldn't have trees to live on. A biotic factor that influences their life is humans. Humans hunt down the Aye-Aye which causes their population to decrease. At a certain point, the Aye-Aye was thought to be extinct.However now scientists have discovered that there are only about 100 left in the wild (bagheera).
Humans are limiting factors of the Aye-Aye’s carrying capacity. Humans kill them which makes the Aye-Aye population decrease. If humans didn't influence the Aye-Aye, then their population would reach the ecosystems carrying capacity. If an ecological succession were to occur, then the Aye-Aye would be greatly affected. They rely on trees for food and shelter. That means if the trees were gone, then the Aye-Aye wouldn't have food or shelter to live in. In Madagascar, the Aye-Aye are a secondary consumer, and primary consumer in the food chain. Their diet mostly consists of plants, and lizards that first eat the plants. The rule of 10 impacts the Aye-Aye because they are not directly getting energy from the sun. That means that the Aye-Aye have to eat a lot of food to get the energy to be transfered. A relationship my organisms has with decomposers is when the Aye-Aye die, decomposers eat it to gain energy.
A negative impact the Aye-Aye are facing from humans is that they get killed. The Aye-Aye also lose their homes because in their habitat, humans cut down trees. The Aye-Aye is affected in a bad way by fossil fuels. Burning non renewable fossil fuels releases greenhouse gases such as co2. If there is too much co2 in the air, then the Aye-Aye do not have a lot of clean air to breathe. That makes it more likely for them to face lung problems and die earlier. Greenhouse gases can also cause climate change. Climate change is global warming because the earth is heating up.
In order to save the Aye-Aye from going extinct, you can help out by signing this petition. It could alert Madagascar politicians to make a law that makes hunting the Aye-Aye more limited. That will help their population increase again!
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