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Friday, January 29, 2010

Lemur Hero Tells About the Animals of Madagascar

In the beginning, Luke Dollar was sent to Madagascar to study about lemurs.

Luke Dollars wakes up at 5 a.m., but in Madagascar it is 2 in the afternoon. Luke said, "One of the lemurs was eaten by a carnivore called the fossa.'' So Luke likes studying lemurs.

At the San Francisco Zoo on Sundays you might see the ring tailed lemur in a sitting position. The ring tailed lemurs weigh 6 and 1/2 to 7 and 3/4 pounds with a head and a body length of 10 to 12 inches. Ring tailed lemurs live in south and southern Madagascar. At the zoo ring tailed lemurs eat fruits, leaves, flowers, bark, and sap. Ring tailed lemurs are social animals that in groups of 3 to 24. The estimated population for ring tailed lemurs are 10,000 to 100,000.

Luke Dollar studies lemur in Madagascar. If you would like to read more about Luke Dollar, go to this story on National Geographics.

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