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Relax with the lemurs

Those wide yellow eyes, the tiny frames and the long, bushy tails - the lemur is a peculiar primate found only in the jungles of Madagascar. Curious in appearance, sound and smell, these creatures are a true oddity worth seeing. 

Lemurs are considered to be an endangered species, making them a rare and majestic sight for travelers, but seeing several species of these tree-climbing critters can be possible on a tour of the Madagascar Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. With few natural predators, lemurs have become scarce mostly because of the deforestation on Madagascar that has reduced their natural habitats and affected their food supply. Many lemurs face trouble eating during some months, which forces them to hibernate to conserve energy and prevent them from starving. 

Find all the furry species
Although ring-tailed lemurs may be the most iconic and popular species of lemur, there are many other varieties of this pint-sized primate, ranging from the teeny gray mouse lemur to the aye-aye, the world's largest nocturnal primate. Every species of lemur has fascinating qualities you might have to see to believe.

Weighing in at just 2 ounces when fully grown, the gray mouse lemur is an insect loving, wide-eyed wonder. These little lemurs feed off of insects and fruits and rarely come down from the trees they call home. Mostly independent, gray mouse lemurs travel separately but can sometimes be found sleeping in groups. Gray mouse lemurs are very difficult to find in the wild due to their size and predisposition to hibernate for months. The Mantadia National Park is a travelers' best bet to view these mini mammals.

The Indri lemur is perhaps the most peculiar because of the noises it makes. This larger lemur - they can grow to be 2.5 feet in length - is known for making distinctive sounds and calls that can last up to three minutes. Lemur couples are even known to produce similar calls in unison. The Indri lemur can often be found roaming around on the ground, and is one of the few lemurs that does not live exclusively in treetops.

There are over 10 species of lemur and seeing them all in the wild can only be done in their native land on the island of Madagascar. There are other exciting tree dwellers across the world, however. Nature lovers may take a trip to Borneo where orangutans and monkeys make their way through the lush, forest environment.

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