Mongabay Kids is celebrating all things lemur

Why? It’s the World Lemur Festival, leading up to World Lemur Day on October 29th, 2021. We’ve partnered with the Lemur Conservation Network to bring you the latest lemur-themed news and activities.

The Lemur Conservation Network is an online hub for inspiration, education, empowerment, and collaboration. Visit the website for educational materials and to learn how you can help protect lemurs from extinction.

Click the button for the complete World Lemur Festival calendar and event guide:

What are lemurs?

Lemurs are an ancient group of primates. Humans are primates, too. Other types of primates include monkeys and apes.

Lemurs have wet noses, like a dog. There are over 100 types of lemurs.

Sadly, many lemurs are at risk of extinction in the wild. But you can help! The first step is to learn more about lemurs and their marvellous wild habitats.

Visit the Lemur Conservation Network to learn more about the different types of lemurs:
Gray mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Image: Rhett A. Butler

Where do Lemurs live?

Lemurs live on Madagascar, a large island off the east coast of Africa. Lemurs are endemic to Madagascar, meaning that they live naturally here and nowhere else. Madagascar has lots of endemic plants and animals. It is a biodiversity hotspot.

Lemurs live in many different types of habitats on Madagascar, including rainforest, dry forests, and wetlands.

Interviews with scientists:

The Doug Beetle Interviews:

Art & craft:

Learning activities:

Looking for more lemur-themed resources?

Visit the Lemur Conservation Network Teaching Resources page for more fantastic activities!

How can I help lemurs?

Visit the Lemur Conservation Network for ways to help lemurs:

Crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus). Image: Rhett A. Butler

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