Friday, January 9, 2009

Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Back to fluffy, cute and cuddly.

Lemurs are neither monkeys nor apes. They are primitive primates found only on the islands of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. Most lemurs are arboreal (tree dwelling).

This black and white specie is unique among lemurs because the female gives birth to twins and builds a "nest" where her offspring stay while she forages for food. Lemurs sometimes eat insects, small birds and mice.

Ruffed Lemurs are nocturnal but like to bask in the early morning sunshine, face to the sun and legs outstretched. This habit led natives to believe that the lemurs were worshipping the sun.

4 comments:

  1. Their calls are a part of the neighborhood experience of Waikiki & Kapiolani Park. . . . Aloha-

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  2. This is so cute! I love lemurs. Each one has such beautiful fur.

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  3. that is a cute animal, thanks for the info.

    Gill

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