Lemurs are Mammals Fun Lemur Facts for Kids

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  • Scientific name is Lemuriformes.
  • Lemurs are small primates known as prosimians, meaning pre-primates or before monkeys.
  • Lemurs are mammals.
  • There are many different types of lemurs. The exact number is debatable. Some of the more common lemurs are the Ring-Tailed, Red Ruffed, Indri, Gray Mouse, Golden-Crowned Sifaka, Coquerel’s Sifaka, Collared Brown, Black, Aye-Aye and Verreaux’s Sifaka Lemurs.
  • Scientists are still discovering new species of lemurs.
  • Lemurs only live in Madagascar (an island off the coast of Africa) and Comoro Island.
  • They live in tropical rainforests and dry forests of Madagascar and Comoro Island.
  • Some lemurs are herbivores meaning they don’t eat meat.  Those type of lemurs eat plants, fruits, flowers and leaves.
  •   Other lemurs are omnivore meaning they eat plants and meat.  Omnivore lemurs eat insects, lizards, frogs and different types of plants.
  • Most lemurs are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in trees. The Ring-Tailed Lemurs are different.  They are not arboreal they spend most of their time on the ground.
  • Some lemurs are nocturnal meaning they are more active at night.
  • The Dwarf, Mouse and Aye-Aye are examples of lemurs that are nocturnal.
  • The Brown, Ring-Tailed, Indris, Sifakas and Ruffed Lemurs are diurnal or active during the day.
  • Lemur comes from the Latin word lemures meaning spirits of the night or haunter.
  • Lemur means ghost in Malagsy a native language of Madagascar.
  • The biggest lemurs are the Indri and the Diademed Sifaka lemurs.  They can weigh up to 15 pounds.
  • The smallest lemurs are the Pygmy Mouse Lemurs.  They weigh as little as 1 oz.
  • Lemurs live in groups of troops.
  • The group or troops consists of 7-10 lemurs.
  • Usually one female lemur is the head of the group or troop.
  • Lemurs live between 20-25 years in the wild.
  • Many species of lemurs are endangered.
  • Lemurs are becoming endangered due to deforestation causing loss of habitat, hunting which is now against the law and some people take lemurs from the wild to make them pets.
  • When a lemurs senses danger they let out a loud piercing sound to scare their predator.  Other lemurs will hear the sound and join in.
  • Baby lemurs are called pups.
  • When a baby lemur is born it stays on their mom’s back for 3 months.  After the 3 months baby lemurs can start to find food on their own.
  • Ring-Tailed lemurs are featured in the movie Madagascar.