Lemur Facts



  • Lemurs are small furry creatures with long tails and big eyes. They are primates, like monkeys and humans. Lemurs live only on the islands of Madagascar and Comoros, off the east coast of Africa. Most lemurs are active at night and live in trees, but the ring-tailed lemur lives mostly on the ground and is active by day.
  • Lemurs eat fruit, leaves, insects and small birds.
  • The ring-tailed lemur rubs its rear on trees to leave a scent trail for other lemurs to follow.
  • Lemurs are small furry creatures with long tails and big eyes. They are primates, like monkeys and humans. Lemurs live only on the islands of Madagascar and Comoros, off the east coast of Africa. Most lemurs are active at night and live in trees, but the ring-tailed lemur lives mostly on the ground and is active by day.
  • Lemurs eat fruit, leaves, insects and small birds.
  • In the mating season, ring-tailed, lemurs have stink fights for females, rubbing their wrists and tails in stink glands under their arms and rear – then waving them at rivals to drive them off.
  • Lorises and pottos are furry, big-eyed primates of the forests of Asia and Africa. All are brilliant climbers.
  • Bush babies are the acrobats of the loris family. They get their name because their cries sound like a human baby crying.
  • Bush babies are nocturnal animals and their big eyes help them see in the dark. Their hearing is so sensitive they have to block their ears to sleep during the day.
  • Tarsiers of the Philippines are tiny, huge-eyed primates which look like cuddly goblins. They have very long fingers and can turn their heads halfway round to look backwards.