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Fun Lemur Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun lemur facts for kids. Learn about different species, what they look like, where they live, what they like to eat and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about lemurs!
- Lemurs are a type of primate native to Madagascar, a large island nation off the east coast of Africa.
- Most lemurs have large eyes and a long tail.
- Lemurs live in trees and are generally very agile. Sifaka lemurs, for example, are capable of jumping long distances and hopping sideways along the ground.
- There are around 100 different species of lemur. Many are endangered due to loss of habitat and hunting from humans.
- Lemurs as big as gorillas existed on Madagascar before humans came to the island a few thousand years ago.
- The smallest type of lemur is Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, it is also the smallest primate in the world, weighing around 30 g (1 oz).
- Lemurs evolved independently on Madagascar, away from apes and monkeys.
- Lemurs have five fingers and five toes, as all primates do.
- Lemurs rely heavily on their strong sense of smell for communication. They also have a range of vocal calls that are especially useful as warning signals when a predator is spotted.
- Different lemur species have different diets, with many of the smaller species eating fruit and insects and many of the larger species eating plant foliage.
- Lemurs are generally social animals that live in groups. Different lemur species can even share the same forest if their diets are different.
- Ring-tailed lemurs are probably the best known type of lemur, you may have seen them in the 2005 animated film “Madagascar”.