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10 Stunning Lemurs You’ve Never Heard Of (Slideshow)

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10 Stunning Lemurs You’ve Never Heard Of (Slideshow)

If you conjure up a mental image of a lemur, what does it look like?

The chances are good that your mental picture has a grey body, a white face with black eye-fur, and a long, black-and-white banded tail: a ring-tailed lemur, or Lemur catta. These lemurs are the most well-known species of lemur, and are featured in everything from movies and television to children’s toys and cereal boxes.

Ring-tailed lemurs are appealing and interesting, of course: they love to sunbathe, and males daub their tails with scent to participate in so-called “stink fights.”

However, many lesser-known lemur species are just as fascinating as the ring-tailed lemur (and, sadly, often much more endangered). Read on to learn more about some of Madagascar’s magnificent lemur species.


10. Crowned Lemur (Eulemur coronatus) above

Crowned lemurs are named for the V-shaped, crown-like marking they have on their forehead. They live in close-knit, female-led social groups on the northern tip of Madagascar. They’re one of the few lemur species that dares cross the tsingy (razor-sharp limestone rock formations): every night before sunset, groups carefully climb through the sharp rocks to reach a safer resting place. Their incisors and canine teeth form a special “toothcomb,” which they use for grooming and tidying their fur.

They are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Photo Credit: Eulemur_coronatus.JPG: Natalie Becker (nano)derivative work: WolfmanSF (Eulemur_coronatus.JPG) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

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Molly Allison

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.


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3:25AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Fabulous! How long before some idiots start demanding them as pets?

9:19AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Magnificent creatures! So sad their habitat is dissapearing because of humans as always :(

3:37PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

they are all so cool looking! I'd love to see them in their native land!

3:13AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

so lovely

8:36PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

They 're so lovely :) ty

6:54AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Madagascar is at the top of my dream travel list; I am fascinated by lemurs.

6:38AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Thank you.

5:35PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


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1:22PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Awe :-)

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