The word “lemur” derives from the word lemures (ghosts or spirits) from Roman mythology and was first used to describe a slender loris due to its nocturnal habits and slow pace, but was later applied to the primates on Madagascar.
They can communicate perfect with each other. Through sound, odor and body language, but also with their tail. They are very social creatures who keep each other company most of the time. They live in groups and mark their group territory with their scent glands.
In Madagascar around 94% of all lemur species are endangered, this mostly by the threat of their habitat. But also because of pouching, illegal trade and production of charcoal. Woodland and bushes is what they need, but this has to make way for our fields. Luckily we are still able to visit these social creatures in most zoo’s.
Camera: Amy Reygaert
Edit: Jori Van de Vyver & Amy Reygaert
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