Lemurs are a unique group of primates native to Madagascar, an island off the coast of East Africa. Although they are related to monkeys and apes, lemurs make up a separate branch of the primate family tree and are classified as a super family. Lemurs are less intelligent than monkeys. Their sense of smell is more acute, but their vision less so.
Ring-tailed lemurs are probably the most well-known of all the different types of lemur because King Julien from the Madagascar films is one. Ring-tailed lemurs spend more than a third of their time on the ground, more than any other lemur species. Most of their time is spent in the trees eating fruit, leaves, buds, insects, and small birds and birds’ eggs, but diet varies among different species.
Madagascar is the only place lemurs naturally call home.
There are over 100 species of lemur, in all shapes and sizes.
The word Lemur is Latin and means “spirits of the night”.
The smallest species weighs about 30 grams (1 ounce) while the largest species weighs about 10 kilograms (22 pounds).