Leapin' Lemurs

January 09, 2002|By THE BALTIMORE ZOO

The lemur is a primate, which means it is related to apes and humans. Most lemurs have long, pointy noses, which contribute to their excellent sense of smell. Lemurs use their sense of smell to communicate with each other. Lemurs have big, bushy tails that they wave in the air as another form of communication.

what's for DINNER?

Lemurs eat leaves, fruit and insects.

do you KNOW?

Where are all lemurs found?

Answer: All lemurs are found only in Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa.

learn MORE!

Visit the new red-ruffed lemurs at the Baltimore Zoo.

Read Lemurs by Norman D. Anderson and Walter R. Brown.


1. Of the 50 kinds of lemurs, 10 are critically endangered, seven are endangered, and 19 are considered vulnerable.

2. Lemurs play an important role in the ecology of Madagascar, because they disperse seeds from the fruit they eat.

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