Jan 052014

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The gray mouse lemur is one of the tiniest lemurs and is found on the island of Madagascar. According to Wikipedia’s Gray Mouse Lemur article, these primates weigh between 58 and 67 grams (which is equivalent to 2.0 to 2.4 oz), and are the largest of the mouse lemurs. They are nocturnal and arboreal, and are omnivorous, eating mainly fruit and invertebrates such as beetles.

Gray Mouse Lemur Eating

Gray Mouse Lemur Eating

Photo by Arjan Haverkamp (c/o Wikicommons)

Jun 202013

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Have you ever heard of a mouse lemur? According to Wikipedia’s Mouse Lemur article, these fuzzy buddies are actually the smallest primates, and Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur is the smallest of all, averaging a body length of 92 mm (3.6 in) and weighing in at 30 g or 1.1 oz. Doesn’t that just make them seem even cuter? GAH! I’d love to hold one.

Madame Berthe's Mouse Lemur

Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur

Found here: Mammals’ Planet

Aug 232011

For our final post in our 12-day Madagascar series, I will be posting a picture of a sifaka. Sifakas are yet another kind of lemur native to Madagascar. According to Wikipedia, sifakas are named because their alarm call sounds like “shi-fak”.

I love this little picture here because the mother looks so white and fuzzy and the tiny little baby looks so comfy as it grips onto its mother. It’s certainly a sweet picture.

Sifaka with Baby

Sifaka Hugging Baby

Found here: It’s Nature

Aug 142011

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Today’s post is a weasel sportive lemur. This little buddy is such a fuzzy and soft little guy. Doesn’t he look so content and cuddled where he is? I love this lemur’s striking eyes, floppy ears and tiny nose. I would love to give him a little hug.

weasel sportive lemur

Doesn't he look so comfy?

Found here: National Geographic Stock

Aug 122011

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Blue Bear and I are doing a 12-day special on animals from Madagascar. Madagascar is a beautiful country and is categorized as one of the Earth’s biodiversity hotspots where, according to Wikipedia, 80% of its plant and animal species live nowhere else on Earth. Biodiversity hotspots are packed with a richness of unique plant and animal species, but these species are threatened. For example, according to BBC, Madagascar has lost 90% of its original vegetation, which in turn threatens the species that rely on this vegetation for food and shelter. This why we have to do our best to conserve our biodiversity hotspots. If you want to learn about biodiversity hotspots, you should check them out here at http://www.biodiversityhotspots.org.

So Blue Bear and I are going to present to you some special animals from Madagascar. The first animal is a primate, a large lemur in fact: the indri. These guys have a beautiful fluffy and soft coat, and striking eyes. I also love their adorable noses.

Mother Indri with Young

Mother Indri with Young

Found here: A-Z Animals Photo c/o Marius CONJEAUD

Apr 202011

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I never knew that lemurs were primates, (that’s right, just like us humans), until Blue Bear and I visited our local Biodome about 3 years ago when they had a Madagascar exhibit. This is the first and only time I ever saw a ring-tailed lemur, or any lemur at all! Lemurs are really adorable. The specific lemurs you see here – mother and child – are from the Singapore zoo. (If you check the link below, there’s another picture of the pair). I chose to post this specific picture for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s a picture of an adorable mother lemur and her adorable baby; secondly, the mother is chomping away at what appears to be a slice of mango, and it’s always fun to see animals eat; and finally, the baby looks particularly adorable all cuddled up in his mother’s fur!

baby ring tailed lemur with mother

Yum! Can I have some of that?

Found here: Los Angeles Times