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Monday, 31 October 2011

Funny Lemur Photos


Lemur  The lemurs is a primate native to the island of Madagascar, a large island off the south east coast of Africa. There are approximately 10 different species of lemur inhabiting the island where the lemurs spend most of their time in the trees. Lemurs are best known for their large, round reflective eyes and their wailing screams. Lemurs also have furry, pointed ears and long tails, with lemurs often being compared to both monkeys and squirrels. The lemur will eat most small things from berries, nuts and leaves to insects and spiders and therefore the lemur has an omnivorous diet. Lemurs get most of their food from the surrounding trees but lemurs will occasionally forage for grub on the forest floor if they have no luck in the branches.

The black and white ruffed lemur, the russet mouse lemur, the woolly lemur, the aye aye and the ring tail lemur are among the most common species of lemur found in Madagascar, although the Aye Aye is considered to be a species of lemur very different from the rest, mainly due to the long middle fingers of the aye aye which it uses to get food out of holes. There are four main types of lemur containing nearly 100 different lemur subspecies between them. The biggest threat to the lemur is deforestation, with around 90% of the Madagascan jungle having been destroyed. This means that the lemur populations are declining rapidly as the lemur has fewer trees to make its home in.

 Funny Lemur
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 Funny Lemur
 Funny Lemur
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  1. There's so much changing in the world of lemurs that it's hard to keep up with! There's now over 100 species of lemurs, and each species can have a very different diet. For example, some dwarf lemurs eat mostly fruits, flowers, nectar, and tree sap. Because of all of the deforestation in Madagascar (the only place on earth lemurs are naturally found) they are under ever-increasing levels of threat. Black and white ruffed lemurs are currently considered critically endangered with animals spread across the few patches of remaining primary patches of eastern rainforest, making breeding between populations difficult. Check out the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina if you want to see lemurs up close and in person (they have over 200 animals!) and to see what people are doing to help lemurs and people living in Madagascar!

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