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LEMURS FOR DUMMIES

Yes, the Lemurs are coming… and for all those who have been enjoying getting involved with the discussion (even though there isn’t one), bvimusic.com is here to help you for those late-night conversations that we anticipate… you know, the ones where you solve the worlds problems.

lemur time

Here’s your starter kit – direct from Wikipedia: The page for the Ring-Tailed Lemur. That’s the type that Sir Richard is bringing to Moskito Island. Once you get through this information, then and only then are you qualified to be involved in any discussion on lemurs.

For those of you who don’t feel like spending the weekend reading, entitled:

LEMURS FOR DUMMIES

We at BVIMusic.com have a fresh, hot stack of these hard to find books – – Here are some excerpts:

  • Lemurs are NOT monkeys
  • Lemurs DO NOT swim
  • The ring-tailed lemur is an opportunistic omnivore PRIMARILY eating fruits and leaves
  • STOP! ——- LEMUR TIME! – this is a joke – it’s a reference to the MC Hammer song, Hammertime
  • A group of huddled ring-tailed lemurs is referred to as a lemur ball.
  • Lifespan is 16 to 19 years in the wild and 27 years in captivity.

Let us stop you here and say, have a great extended weekend and don’t take yourselves too seriously. Oh yes and remember…

When life gives you lemurs, make lemurade.
– A brilliant ex-pat currently residing in the BVI.

For those of you who wish to continue your lemur education, please proceed:

The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a large strepsirrhine primate and the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail. It belongs to Lemuridae, one of five lemur families. It is the only member of the Lemur genus. Like all lemurs it is endemic to the island of Madagascar. Known locally in Malagasy as hira or maky (spelled maki in French), it inhabits gallery forests to spiny scrub in the southern regions of the island. It is omnivorous and the most terrestrial of lemurs. The animal is diurnal, being active exclusively in daylight hours.

The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs. To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together forming a lemur ball. The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like other lemurs, this species relies strongly on its sense of smell and marks its territory with scent glands. The males perform a unique scent marking behavior called spur marking and will participate in stink fights by impregnating their tail with their scent and wafting it at opponents.

As one of the most vocal primates, the ring-tailed lemur utilizes numerous vocalizations including group cohesion and alarm calls. Experiments have shown that the ring-tailed lemur, despite the lack of a large brain (relative to simiiform primates), can organize sequences, understand basic arithmetic operations and preferentially select tools based on functional qualities.

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