July 26 – Lemur Buy You A Drink!

It is hard to decide what is most amazing about lemurs. Is it the fact that they are one of the few simians that can make their own vitamin C? Is it that they have specialized teeth and claws for grooming (a toothcomb and a grooming claw, respectively)? Is it that they have a tapetum like a cat’s, allowing them to see in low light? Is it that they have “wet noses” that allow them to smell odors too faint for a bloodhound? Or is it that some species spend almost their entire lives in trees, coming down just to mate and move to new trees?

Look! UP in the tree! Its a bird! Its a plane! No - it is a lemur, man! (My camera)

Look! Up in the tree! Its a bird! Its a plane! No – it is a lemur, man!
(My camera)

A close up of that lemur. It isn't a spy' the radio pack on its back is being used to track its movements. (My camera)

A close up of that lemur. It isn’t a spy’ the radio pack on its back is being used to track its movements.
(My camera)

Of course, on the the most amazing things about lemurs is how much we still don’t know about them. We are still learning how often they change trees and what they eat and where they go on their days off. We’re using radio transmitters and citizen scientists and a host of other techniques to help these magnificent mammals survive.

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