6 Facts About Lemur


6 Facts About Lemur

Lemur is a member of “prosimian primates.” They neither belong to the monkey category nor apes. They are mainly confined to Madagascar Island and nearby area. Mostly, the lemur is small in size with a long tail and big eyes. Their face resembles a mouse if small and fox if large. Their eyes are bright, and fur is very soft. Although some categories of lemurs are active during day time, their eyes are most suitable for night vision. Most lemurs are white, grey, red, brown, or black. They are the endangered category of mammals. Lemurs are one of the rarest species to have blue eyes. Below is mentioned 6 amusing facts about lemur.

6 Facts About Lemur
6 Facts About Lemur

Lemur: Diversity

Lemurs include five genera and eighteen species. The black and white or black and red-ruffed lemurs belong to the rainforest of the eastern part of Madagascar island. The gentle lemurs live in bamboo trees. Dwarf lemurs are the most primitive lemurs. They store fat in their tail and are inactive during dry periods. All the species have some unique features, and all are rare.

Lemur Is A Latin Word

Lemur word is derived from the Latin word, and it means “evil spirit of the dead.” Aye-Aye species inspires the superstitions in the island because of the spooky looks, spindly fingers. People hunt them because they think that aye-aye is a dangerous species.

Lemur: Habitat

Madagascar is a mountain area with an open space in the center. This creates a lot of variation in the climate and weather. There are places which are very dry, and some are wet. Vegetation depends on the rainy season. Lemurs are the natives of Madagascar island. Lemurs have adapted to such variation and evolved themselves. Most lemurs live, sleep, rest on trees. But the ring-tailed lemur spends most of their time on land. They walk using both hand and feet. They have pads attached to their hand and feet, which help to climb and stick to the tree.

6 Facts About Lemur
6 Facts About Lemur

Diet

Smaller lemurs depend on fruits and insects, whereas big lemurs are herbivores and depend on plant leaves, flowers, etc. Different species have a different eating pattern. They are hungry almost all the time and therefore keep eating the entire day.

Family

Lemurs belong to the female-dominated community. Female lemur is the leader of the group. They all have fixed breeding season, and let for a few days or few months. At a time they give birth to one, to up to six children, one child is more often. Most of the infant clings to their mother’s belly in initial days.

Conservation

As man arrived in Madagascar island, lemurs started to become extinct. Their status ranges from vulnerable to critically endangered. Habitat loss and hunting are the two main reason for the decline of lemurs. Their habitat is declining because of illegal forest mining for agriculture and industries. They have a threat from invasive species also.

Conclusion

Lemurs slow down their metabolism rate and hibernate when food is limited. Lemurs communicate using their scent glands. They have “toilet claw” on the second finger. They use it for grooming. Lemurs are essential pollinators of Madagascar island.

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