We continue our celebration of lemurs with this episode of Candid Animal Cam, featuring the red-fronted lemur. Take it away, Romi!

Some facts from this video

  • Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals in the world.
  • The red-fronted lemur was first classified as a distinct species in 2001 after genetic studies revealed it was different from the common brown lemur.
  • Red-fronted lemurs inhabit rainforests and dry deciduous forests in parts of Madagascar.
  • Red-fronted lemurs are the size of a house cat.
  • They are sexually dichromatic – this means that males and females have different fur coloration.
  • They are arboreal – this means they live in the trees.
  • They mainly eat leaves, but they also eat flowers, fruit, and bark.
  • They are highly social and use calls (vocalizations) and grooming to maintain social bonds.
  • They have many different alarm calls. They have separate calls for different types of predators.

Review questions for educators

These questions can help provide a framework for exploring the topics presented in this video.

  • What threats do lemurs face?
  • Name two ways lemurs socialize with one another.
  • What is one way red-fronted lemurs protect themselves from predators?
  • Name one way that red-fronted lemurs help the ecosystems where they live.
Read more on Mongabay.com:

https://news.mongabay.com/2020/10/how-do-red-fronted-lemurs-behave-candid-animal-cam-is-in-madagascar/