Lemurs are prosimians ("lower" primates, so-called) native to Madagascar. They are beautiful creatures, and are an important part of our evolutionary history (they represent a separate branch of the evolutionary tree that we might have been better off following). They are also very endangered.
We have been adoptive parents of various lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center (formerly the Duke University Primate Center) since 1993. We encourage you to do the same. Without the activity of organizations such as the Duke Lemur Center, the lemurs will not survive.
Note: "lemur" is pronounced "LEE-mər" (not "le-MOOR" or "le-MYOUR").
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