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Lemurs are small primates, native only to the island of Madagascar. They are known as "prosimians", which means "pre-primates" or "before monkeys". Lemurs have flexible toes and fingers, and long noses. They vary color from reddish brown to gray, and come in all different sizes. Lemurs range in size from 1 ounce (Pygmy Mouse Lemur) to 15 pounds (Indri Lemur). Except for the Indri, all lemurs have long tails.

Lemurs play an important role in the ecology of Madagascar island. They disperse seeds from the fruit they eat. Unfortunately several lemur species are endangered.



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