10 unbelievable lemur facts

Our latest lemur edition is jam packed with amazing lemur facts, so here are 10 extras that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more!


1. The long banded tail of a ring tailed lemur acts as a beacon for others to follow so families don’t get separated in the dense Madagascan jungle


2. New species of lemur are still being discovered, and in 2013 the Lavasoa dwarf lemur was officially named as a new species


3. The largest lemur is the indri, weighing 10 kilograms (21 pounds) and standing at a height of 70 centimetres (2.3 feet)


4. Some lemur calls can carry for a distance of two kilometres (1.3 miles)


5. Most lemurs are monogamous, choosing their mates for their entire lives


6. Lemurs are incredibly intelligent and can solve tasks that apes can’t, like organising sequences from memory or performing simple arithmetic


7. There are over 100 species of lemur in all shapes, sizes and colours ranging from jet black to pure white


8. Different lemur species have different coloured eyes from piercing yellow to warm orange, or even vivid blue


9. The smallest species of lemur is Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur at a height of 10 centimetres (four inches) and only weighing 30 grams (one ounce)


10. Lemurs live in female-dominated societies, most likely because females are responsible for raising young so are willing to fight more ferociously


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