The sound of lemurs

Lemurs are an inconic primate species of Madagascar. They are endemic to the country meaning that 90%+ of the species only occur there. As with much of the country’s biodiversity, the species is threatened by habitat loss, primarily from farmers that practise slash and burn agriculture, thus clearing the forest.

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Pic: A.Kasterine

Here is footage taken last week of an Indri lemur crying out in the forest. There are three types of calls – courting, warning and family grouping. This is the latter with three adults and a baby sitting in the same tree.

http://youtu.be/f8xvWDELDow

Here are some links to work on lemurs:

IUCN’s conservation plan for lemurs 2013

Duke Lemur Center

Film of John Cleese and lemurs

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