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lemur

a primitive primate that is arboreal and nocturnal. Lemurs are Old-World forms with opposable thumbs, a prehensile tail and stereoscopic vision.

lemur

monkey-like animals intermediate between monkeys and insectivorous animals. They have pointed snouts and fur-covered faces, long tails and soft fur. They are arboreal and nocturnal. There are many varieties in the genera Lemur, Cheirogaleus and Microcebus.
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Keeper Laura Ashton, 29, said: "At the moment our breeding programme is focusing on the ring-tailed lemurs.
The pair of red-ruffed lemurs at Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire successfully mated, with two male off-spring born earlier this month.
It is hoped that the findings of the expedition by zoology and biology graduates will contribute towards future plans to help the lemurs and conserve their forest home.
The births at LCF are particularly significant to the conservation of Mongoose lemurs, which are an endangered species.
The researchers believe the lemur hibernating habits supports the idea that sleep plays a role in regulating body temperature and metabolism, and may lead to scientists being able to induce hibernation-like states in humans.
If a spurned lady lemur craved access to my tent for amorous and/or vengeful reasons, I have no doubt that she could obtain it.
A common brown lemur comfortably forages for berries only metres from our feet, while above us a family of indri propel themselves through the trees.
Lemur spotters, locals from the nearby village, race ahead through the dense undergrowth, hoping to find some of the nine lemur species that live here.
I'm amazed at just how close we can get to the animals; a common brown lemur comfortably forages for berries only meters from our feet, while above us a family of indri propel themselves through the trees with an admirable combination of athletic strength and balletic grace.
We recently reported that L-BSE was readily transmissible by experimental oral inoculation in a nonhuman primate species, the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus) (3).
Red ruffed lemurs Fang and Igor arrived from Dublin Zoo and staff at Twycross are hoping one of the pair might breed with resident lemur Nadia.
They also like to sunbathe during the day, sitting with their bellies toward the sun and their arms and legs stretched out at their sides as if taking part in lemur yoga.