The name “lemur” is derived from the word “lemures,” which were shades or spirits in ancient Roman mythology; and when you look at a lemur today, you can definitely see why they earned the name with their incredibly unique black and white markings.
Wild lemurs exist in only one place on earth — Madagascar. They also have one of the widest ranges of species for primates, totalling close to 100 different kinds of lemur that can range in size from one single ounce (the mouse lemur), all the way up to 20 pounds (the indri lemur).
However, much of the lemur’s forest habitat has been destroyed to make room for human developments and their entire population is becoming increasingly in danger.
As a result, lemurs are now considered the most threatened group of vertebrates on the planet — 23 of the 103 species of lemur are classified as “critically endangered” on the IUCN Red List, and another 71 species are listed as either “endangered” or “vulnerable.”
Check out the video below to have a look at what remains of the lemur habitat, and get a glimpse at these unique primates.
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