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Got Lemurs?

Updated on April 4, 2011

Duke University Does!

What is a Lemur?

"Madagascar is world-famous for its lemurs-primates that look something like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog. These animals are unique to the island and display a range of interesting behaviors from singing like a whale (the indri) to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer (the sifaka). Below you will learn more about these fascinating creatures."

The above was taken from the website wildmadagascar.org. I couldn't have said it better! A primate that looks like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog.

I want one!

BTW, there are only two places in the world to see all species in their natural surroundings. Madagascar and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina!

50 Varieties of Lemurs: 17 On Endangered List

50 Varieties of Lemurs: 17 On Endangered List
50 Varieties of Lemurs: 17 On Endangered List

Lemurs of Durham North Carolina

How Far Would You Go?

How Far Would You Go To See Lemurs in Their Natural Habitat?

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Duke University Lemur Center

When lemurs began to spread out over the island of Madagascar more than 60 million years ago, they began to fill every biological niche. This even included such factors as whether the lemur was active during the day and slept at night (diurnal,) or whether they were active at night and slept during the day (nocturnal.)

Lemurs of Madagascar Documentary with John Cleese

He talks about the Duke Center also. It is world reknown.

Lemur Mommas Carry Babies in Their Mouths, Until They Can Hang On!

Lemur Mommas Carry Babies in Their Mouths, Until They Can Hang On!
Lemur Mommas Carry Babies in Their Mouths, Until They Can Hang On!

Lemurs Evolutionary History is Complicated and Fascinating

"Lemurs are prosimian primates belonging to the suborder Strepsirrhini. Like other strepsirrhine primates, such as lorises, pottos, and galagos, they share ancestral (or plesiomorphic) traits with early primates. In this regard, lemurs are popularly confused with ancestral primates; however, lemurs did not give rise to monkeys and apes (simians). Instead, they evolved independently in isolation on Madagascar.[7] All modern strepsirrhines including lemurs are traditionally thought to have evolved from primitive primates known as adapiforms during the Eocene (56 to 34 mya) or Paleocene (65 to 56 mya).[7][8][9] Adapiforms, however, lack a specialized arrangement of teeth, known as a toothcomb, which nearly all living strepsirrhines possess.[10][11][12] A more recent hypothesis is that lemurs descended from lorisiform (loris-like) primates. This is supported by comparative studies of the cytochrome b gene and the presence of the strepsirrhine toothcomb in both groups.[12][13] Instead of being the direct ancestors of lemurs, the adapiforms may have given rise to both the lemurs and lorisiforms, a split that would be supported by molecular phylogenetic studies.[12] The later split between lemurs and lorises is thought to have occurred approximately 62 to 65 mya according to molecular studies,[14] although other genetic tests and the fossil record in Africa suggest more conservative estimates of 50 to 55 mya for this divergence.[15]"

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Lovable, Huggable Lemurs for Kids

Do You Love Lemurs?

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Cute. I haven't seen them in the wild yet, but saw some at London Zoo a few months ago.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      They are beautiful and its such a shame they are being killed off, like other species. Featured this on Killing the world.;

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've always been fascinated by lemurs--but having scored only 20% on the quiz, I guess I'd better learn more about them! They're so cute, with those eyes! I had no idea they were dying at such a rate.

      I'm slightly familiar with Madagascar, as my daughter, a university librarian, has teamed up with a teacher from Madagascar to deliver books to elementary school children there. Their project has been quite successful despite some setbacks due to the trouble there. I'm hoping to do a lens about their project soon!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've only seen them on TV specials, what a beautiful creature!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there anyone who doesn't love lemurs on sight? Their cute is irresistible! Smart and inventive as well....cute wins out! Thank you for sharing this love Margo!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Is there anyone who doesn't love lemurs on sight? Their cute is irresistible! Smart and inventive as well....cute wins out! Thank you for sharing this love Margo!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Yes, love them, but I obviously don't know a THING about them. Scored only 20% on that quiz. Sorry, lemurs, I will learn more.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      50% on the test - not too great. I love Lemurs and I've seen them in captivity plenty of times, but I'd lvoe to go see them in Madagascar.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Didn't do too well on the test, only 40% and believe me because of my son I have watch Madagascar more then 25 times (well maybe that cartoon is not that educational!). I have seen lemurs "live" in a zoo here in France.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I love lemurs. We have a zoo that has a walk through island with several varieties. They are amazing animals but a little scary when they all hoot at the same time.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Of course you must surely know HOW MUCH I love lemurs? I wrote about them. Such amazingly cute little rascals, you know???

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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      I didn't know about Duke!