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According to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, E. rufifrons is listed as near- threatened. IUCN lists E. rufifrons as near threatened because the number of individuals has declined by 20-25% over the past 24 years. Many factors are contributing to the species’ declining population, including habitat loss due to illegal logging, slash-and–burn agriculture, clearing for pastureland, and gathering wood for fuel. Other major threats to the species are hunting and trapping. Red-fronted lemur populations are expected to continue declining due to increases in habitat fragmentation and hunting (IUCN 2014).
Although some lemur species have actually benefited from light logging, E. rufifrons are negatively impacted by both light and heavy logging (Herrera et al. 2011). Their unique response to the logging may be due to the removal of the trees that produce fruits important to their diet (Herrera et al. 2011). Logging may also increase the visibility of E. rufifron to predators.