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Getting to Know the Lemurs of Madagascar

Guest post written by Edward Covello

I always wanted to travel to Madagascar, land of the unusual. It was one of my travel and photography dreams. The reptiles and mammals there are unlike any others found on this planet.

At the top of my list was the lemur, a small primate believed to be descended from the ancestors of monkeys.


There are about 50 types of lemurs in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They range from the tiny pygmy mouse lemur weighing an ounce and living in the knotholes of trees, to 15-pounders about the size of a large house cat.

Lemurs have special gifts, such as the ability to leap up to 25 feet through the forest canopies in which they live. They are perhaps the prime animal attraction of the country.

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