How many species of lemurs are there

Lemurs belong to a group called prosimian primates, defined as all primates that are neither monkeys nor apes. Lemurs are considered the most endangered group of animals on the planet. These primates are only found in one small area of the Earth. Many species have small and decreasing numbers. 

Lemurs are primates like us, and while they’re not as closely related to people as chimpanzees and other apes are, they’re still family. Though there are many species of lemur, there are very few individuals. Sadly they are dwindling in number hence have fallen into the category of ‘endangered species’. 

How many species exist

Lemurs are known to be easy to love, they are easy to domesticate. Like humans, they are easy to relate to. They are often described as cute, charismatic and oddly humanlike, which isn’t just a coincidence. Although they have a widespread popularity, they have become known as  Earth’s most endangered group of mammals. 

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature known as the IUCN. About 94 percent of all lemur species have a threatened status on the IUCN Red List, including 49 listed as Endangered and 24 listed as Critically Endangered.

Characteristics

Apart from being easy to love and their charismatic behavior. Lemurs tend to vary in a number of sizes. As stated above they are humanlike, that comes inclusive of the different characteristics that we humans come with. Below are some of the major and key differences that these lemurs can come with. 

Size 

There are 105 species of lemurs that exist on earth. All these come in a wide range of sizes. The largest lemur species is the Indri. It can apparently grow up to 24-35” which is approximately 60 to 90cm long and can weigh roughly 15.5 – 22 lbs which is roughly 7-10kgs. 

Contrary to that, the smallest lemurs are the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemurs, which grows up to 3.5 to 4 inches that are roughly 9-11 cm long, exclusive of the tail which adds about 5” or 13 cm to its length. These small lemurs only weigh 1 ounce which is about 30 grams. 

Habitat 

Lemurs are known to live in one place in the world, that is Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands, which are off the coast of Mozambique in Africa. They occupy many different habitats: dry deciduous forests, spiny forests, rain forests, wetlands, and mountains. The Sibree’s dwarf lemur lives in the rainforests in altitudes above 4,500 feet that is roughly above 1,400 meters. 

According to The International Union for Conservation of Nature. The white-collared lemurs live in the tropical, moist lowland forests, and the red-bellied lemurs live in the east coast rain forests. Then we also have the Sanford’s brown lemurs that live in evergreen forests and dry deciduous forests.

Conclusion 

Most people do not know much about lemurs. However there is not much to know about them. They are endangered primates that live off in a world that very few human dare to explore. 

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