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Lemurs are named after the lemures (ghosts or spirits) of Roman mythology due to the ghostly vocalizations, reflective eyes, and the nocturnal habits of some species. Today, there are nearly 100 species of lemurs, and most of those species were discovered or promoted to full species status since the 1990s.


Lemurs are primates, in fact Lemurs are the most primitive type of primate, called prosimians. Prosimians have smaller brains, than other primates and rely more on their sense of smell than their sense of sight. Also, a prosimians hands and feet are not as well adapted for grasping as those of other primates.

Lemur Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates

Other Names: Maki, Hira

Lemur in Foreign Languages:

Armenian: Lemur
Catalan: Lmur
Mandarin: Hhu
Dutch: Lemur
Esperanto: Lemuro
Finnish: Makimainen Puoliapina
French: Lmur
German: Lemur / Lemure
Hungarian: Maki / Makimajom
Icelandic: Lemr
Italian: Lemure
Japanese: Kitsunezar
Korean: Yeou-weonsungi
Lithuanian: Lemuras
Navajo: mg bitsee' noodozg
Norwegian: Lemur
Polish: Lemur
Portuguese: Lmure
Romanian: Lemur
Russian: Llemr
Roman: Lmur
Spanish: Lmur
Swedish: Lemur


Conservation Status:
Varies by Species

Size: Lemurs vary greatly in size and appearance. The smallest lemur is the pygmy mouse lemur. The largest lemur is the indri. Lemurs range from 1.1 oz to 20 lbs.

Habitat: Lemurs live only on Madagascar, a large island off the east coast of Africa, and on the nearby Comoros Islands.

Description: Today, there are nearly 100 species of lemurs, they vary greatly in both size and appearance. Like all primates, lemurs have five digits with nailson their hands and feet. Lemurs have long snouts and well developed sense of smell.

Diet: Most lemur species eat a wide variety of fruits and leaves.

Communication: Lemurs communicate through sound, sight, and smell. (Lemurs mark their territory as a form of communication.)

Did You Know?

The word lemur comes from the word lemures meaning ghosts or spirits.

Gestation: The gestation period of lemurs varies greatly depending the species and can range from 9 weeks- 24 weeks.

Life Span: The life span of lemurs vary by species.

Did You Know?

Lemurs are primarily arboreal.

Social Structure: Lemurs have great variability in their social structure. Most species of lemurs are social and live in groups that usually include less than 15 individuals.

Lemur Gifts




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