The Lemurs of Madagascar

Oh, they were so cute, so furry and so busy just looking out for anything and everything and jumping instantly with ease from branch to branch and tree to tree without falling. There were Mommas, Daddies and baby sisters and brothers. DSC_0561They were so busy eating their favorite fruit or vegetable while sitting on a tree branch at Lemurs’ Park near Antananarivo, Madagascar. The park was on the side of a hill, all the way down to a flowing red river. it was necessary to climb up and down the hill on uneven steps and uneven terrain in a natural setting. But the climbing and sharp steep terrain paid off when a lemur family was spotted in a tree. And of course, we had to stop for several minutes and watch their every antic and moves.DSC_0726

 Our first lemurs to see were the crown lemur with its brown fur head and white body. After watching its antics for 15 minutes, we proceeded to the second family group called Ruffed Lemurs that were black and white with long face hair and also my favorite.DSC_0609DSC_0663

 Then it was the Conquerel Sifaka Lemur, my favorite, with a black face, brown chest, arms and ears, white on body. DSC_0759The fourth group of lemurs was the Bamboo Lemur which is nocturnal and it was asleep in a tree because it awakens in the night. It was gray brown and so cute.DSC_0789DSC_0827

 The fifth lemur family was the most popular, the ring tail lemur with their long black and white stripped tail. Momma had 2 babies and they were keeping her very busy hopping on and off her back and wanting a ride anywhere Momma went, then wanting to play on the ground then wanting on Momma’s back again. It was a non-stop show and showing out for any visitor.DSC_0575

 Lemurs are members of the primate family and comprise 1/5 of the world’s primates and are the most popular with tourists. They originate from Madagascar and can be seen in several parks and on Nosy Be, an island of Madagascar, going about their daily business of being cute. Today, only Madagascar has lemurs living in the wild and 106 species are not found in the wild anywhere else.DSC_0670

Lemurs are facing such a threat to their survival that none of them, it is predicted, may be left in the wild in 25 years. The habitats the lemurs exist on are only available in Madagascar. They are the most threatened mammal group.

 Deforestation and hunting are taking a toll on the lemurs and forests are disappearing every year. Only 10% of the original forests are left because the land is being made into rice fields and other crops.DSC_0653

 But Madagascar still has lemurs for all to see at the Lemurs’ Park near Antananarivo, Madagascar and they are so funny, so cute and so beautiful.

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