These sites are about lemurs, a type of primate native to the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa. Learn about several species such as the ring-taled, red-ruffed, black, and dwarf lemur. There are many photographs and a few video clips. Includes articles about researchers trying to protect the forest habitat of these endangered animals. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on Madagascar.
ARKive: Species in the Family Lemuridae
This site includes links to fact sheets, photos, and videos of the different types of lemurs in the world today. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites and a blog.
Duke Primate Center: Lemur
This Duke University site has information on several different lemurs. Click on the type of lemur to read more.
This is a good introductory site about lemurs.
Researcher Sheds Light on Elusive Lemurs
This article is about primatologist Mireya Mayor and her research on the endangered lemurs in Madagascar. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read about the black male lemur and the female, which are different colors. This article focuses on the endangerment of this animal. NOTE: This site includes ads.
What's a Lemur?
A doctor answers this question and provides general information about lemurs. The reading level is for older students. Click on "Classroom Resources" at the bottom for an activity idea about lemurs.
National Geographic: Lemurs in Peril
This short multimedia presentation is narrated by primatologist Mireya Mayor, who studies lemurs in Madagascar. Click on "Start Presentation" to begin.
Fact Monster: Lemur
Read an encyclopedia entry about lemurs. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Read about the physical traits found in ring-tailed lemurs, sifaka lemurs, indri lemurs, and bamboo lemurs. Click on the link to learn more about the Malagasy or aye-aye lemur.
BBC News: New Lemur Species
Read this brief article about a new, smaller lemur species, discovered in Madagascar in 2005.
National Geographic: Mouse Lemur
Read the profile and fast facts about the mouse lemur. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Enchanted Learning: Ring-tailed Lemur
Learn more about the physical features of the ring-tailed lemur by using this printable worksheet. NOTE: This site includes Google banner ads.
Smithsonian National Zoo
This site includes informative information about the taxonomy, habitat, evolution, and species of lemurs.
Read this four-page story and see photos of Sapphire, a unique ring-tailed lemur.
PBS: A Lemur's Tale
This site includes historical information about lemurs in Madagascar, background information on how the show was filmed, and what makes lemurs so rare. NOTE: This site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Country: Madagascar
Learn about the island of Madagascar, which lies east of the African mainland. Topics include the culture, economy, environment, food, and more. There are online games, photographs, recipes, and ideas for classroom activities.