Examples of the diverse lemur species on Madagascar
The Mouse macaws have already been described above as the smallest known lemur species so far. The mouse lemurs include a total of about 21 different types and they represent the smallest primates in the world. They usually have a very soft and slightly reddish fur, in the face they are usually recognized by a brightly colored nasal stripe.
The mouse macaws are nocturnalwhich explains not only the characteristically large eyes, but also the enlarged ears. During the day, the cute animals sleep in small tree cavities or nests made of leaves, which they have built themselves. They are usually Omnivorebut often rely on vegetarian food. Against spiders or insects on the menu, however, have also nothing to object.
While mouse macaques are among the smallest primates, the Indri a particularly imposing species. It lives mainly in the northeastern Madagascar and can reach a head length of up to 90 centimeters. Its coat has a black gray white pattern, the ears and the eyes of the Indri are by no means conspicuously large as in many other lemurs.
This is because the Indri is accustomed to a diurnal life. Particularly striking: the Indris can have a stunning vocals which they also like to perform as a duet. Anyone who has heard this singing once will remember these special sounds for a lifetime.
Another very unusual primate species that occurs on Madagascar is the Finger animal, which is often also referred to as Aye-Aye is called.
This is the last surviving species of a complete genus. The finger animal is found in the Malagasy culture classified quite differently: For many people, this little primate is a bad omen, which may be primarily due to its somewhat strange appearance.
In addition to an overlong middle finger, the fingered animal has very shaggy and long, dark fur that often sticks out from the body in tufts. The animal's hands and feet are relatively large and almost all end in claws. The large head with the hairless large ears as well as the also very large eyes looks unusual in the fingered animal. In the wild, as a traveler, you will see this rare and nocturnal animal probably not get to see in all probability.