Madagascar's Greatest Treasure
A Massive Family
Lemurs are a family of primates found nowhere else on Earth. There are over 100 species of lemur, which is roughly 25% of of all the primates on Earth! Lemurs come in all shapes and sizes, from the minuscule dwarf lemurs (below) to the majestic Indri (right), whose whale-like songs fill its misty forest home.
Lemurs aren't just the cornerstone of the Madagascan tourist industry, they are also vital parts of Madagascan ecosystems. Lemurs are often the only animals capable of eating and distributing seeds, making them vital in maintaining forests cover, and evidence suggests they also help pollinate certain plants too. Sometimes lemurs can also survive in unique habitats such as cyanide-rich bamboo forests or on grass rafts in swamps!
Lemur numbers are falling rapidly; over 90% of lemur species are endangered. As their habitats are destroyed and they are poached and eaten by humankind, we stand to lose not only some of our closest relatives, but also some of Earth's most magnificent species.