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.
Other Names: Maki, Hira
Lemur in Foreign Languages:
Finnish: Makimainen Puoliapina
German: Lemur / Lemure
Hungarian: Maki / Makimajom
Navajo: mágí bitsee' noodo´zígíí
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-
Life Span: The life span of lemurs vary
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.