Learn about Madagascars most famous (and possibly cutest) animal.
Yup—we’re talking about those dancing, singing primates from Madagascar. While real-life ring-tailed lemurs aren’t as animated as their cartoon counterparts, they’re still pretty cute. This Wildlife Wednesday, learn why Madagascar’s most famous residents may be in danger of extinction.
Habitat: We can skip this part, right? Lemurs are well known for living only in the forests of Madagascar, and the ring-tailed type is no exception.
A lemur’s tale
Despite their fame, even ring-tailed lemurs aren’t immune to the threats that plague so many animals these days. They’re currently labelled as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Lemurs’ risk of extinction is mostly due to burning, overgrazing, and wood harvesting for the production of charcoal. Illegal hunting is another threat, as lemurs’ fame has made them popular pets. To learn how we can help these furry and fuzzy primates, check out the Lemur Conservation Foundation.