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Red-ruffed lemur
Photo courtesy DUPC

Lemurs comprise 40 species of prosimians, or pre-monkeys. Many eons ago, lemurs were in all the warm forests of the world, but they were eventually driven almost to extinction by the true monkeys. Now they only live in one place: the island of Madagascar, off the African coast.

Lemurs come in all shapes and sizes. The pygmy mouse lemur weighs 1 oz. and is only 8 in. in length, including the tail! The indri, on the other hand, is about 2.5 ft. tall and weighs 15 to 22 lb.

Some lemurs are strict vegetarians, while others supplement their diet with insects, small frogs, birds, lizards, and bird eggs.


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