World Lemur Day 2018: Did you know these 10 lemur facts?

Friday 26th October is World Lemur Day! To celebrate, we’re asking whether you knew these 10 lemur facts below.

The creation of the Lemur Conservation Network, World Lemur Day is all about raising awareness for lemur conservation while informing the world just how wonderful a species they are.

Currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, slash and burn agriculture has had a devastating impact on their survival with destruction of their habitat for farmland pushing the species to the brink of extinction.

With your assistance however, we can help greater numbers of this iconic primate survive.

Working alongside AEECL (Association Européenne pour l’Étude et la Conservation des Lémuriens), we released a three year grant worth £15,000 to help protect the Blue-Eyed Black Lemur between 2016 and 2018. Thanks to these funds, a protected reserve was established in lemurs’ native North West Madagascar. Find out more about how we’re protecting Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs by clicking here.

10 lemur facts:

  1. Lemurs are endemic to the African island of Madagascar.
  1. An appropriate fact at this time of year with Halloween taking place next week, lemurs’ name derives from the Latin word ‘lemures’ meaning ‘ghosts’ or ‘nocturnal spirits’.
  1. Lemurs’ diet consists mainly of fruit and leaves with fruit from the Tamarind tree making up roughly half of their yearly diet.
  1. Lemurs can use their tail as a form of communication when wafting their scent through the air.
  1. Lemurs are sometimes confused with ancestral primates, when in reality, they evolved independently and didn’t give rise to monkeys and apes.
  1. Black-Eyed Blue Lemurs, who we protect here at YWPF, are the only primate (except humans) with blue eyes.
  1. Lemurs come in a wide variety of sizes with the smallest subspecies such as the Dwarf Mouse Lemur weighing just 30 grams and the largest around 15 lbs.
  1. Male ring-tailed lemurs can use their waft scents as an intimidation tactic. Boasting scent glands at the wrists and shoulders, this species can use their long tails to waft terrible smells when competing for food and territory
  1. Many types of lemurs are nocturnal so days are spent sleeping while nights are incredibly active, foraging for food.
  1. Most lemurs are arboreal, which means the majority of their time is spent living in trees.

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Related Posts

Polar Bear Week 2020

It’s Polar Bear Week, founded by our partners Polar Bears International. The week coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar

World Rhino Day 2020

Today is Word Rhino Day! Here at YWPF we support Black Rhinos, the smaller of the two African rhino species. This monumental mammal has long

Global Tiger Day 2020

Today is Global Tiger Day, an awareness day that was launched during the last Chinese Year of the Tiger (2010), by leaders of the 13

Arctic Sea Ice Day 2020

Today is Arctic Sea Ice Day, a day founded by our partner organization Polar Bears International to draw attention to sea ice loss in the

World Otter Day 2020

It’s World Otter Day! To mark the occasion, we want to focus on the amazing Giant Otter, an animal that’s classed as endangered by the

Keep up to date with YWPF

Sign up to keep up to date with us, and our partner organisations. Find out how you can help through fundraising, events and more. You can unsubscribe at any time.