A little bit about lemurs
What are Lemurs? (Aside from incredibly cute)
Lemurs are mammals and primates, but ones that evolved independently due to them being found only on the island of Madagascar. Lemurs are highly varied, the smallest lemurs are only about 30g in weight with the largest being around 10kg.
There are over 100 species of lemur, though no one is truly sure how many there are as some are extremely rare. Many have already been hunted to extinction or had their habitats devastated by deforestation, caused by humans. In fact, until humans arrived on Madagascar around 2000 years ago, lemurs were doing very well with some even growing to the same size as humans. Unfortunately they were easy targets for hunting. Although quite fast at times lemurs are nocturnal and are usually drowsy or asleep during the day. They also exist mainly on fruit and so regularly would come into contact with humans who harvest the fruit and view lemurs as pests. Lemurs are not capable of living on the ground and so deforestation for crops and housing can have a dramatic effect on them. Bizarrely, lemurs are so used to living in trees that they can’t actually walk and must hop sideways to move on the ground.
So how are they doing nowadays? Unfortunately not very well. In 2018 they were moved onto the critically endangered list with all 100 species being close to extinction, some are extremely close. This is mainly due to illegal hunting which happens for money and also for the survival of many rural communities. Many parts of Madagascar extremely poor and people have no food other than what they can catch in the forest.
The good news is that there are people and charities who are trying to support lemurs and help the people of Madagscar. Lynch’s Brew is proud to donate a percentage of its profits to Lemur Love who are one of these organisations. You can also go to Madagascar and volunteer on lemur conservation projects or donate directly to charity to help them. Lemurs are beautiful, gentle creatures that help make our world a more interesting place. It’s vital we support them and the people of Madagascar to live in harmony in order to save a valuable and critically endangered species.
P.s This is not a scientific article or anything just an assembly of some popular knowledge about lemurs 🙂 thanks for reading.