Lemurs are members of the class of primates known as 'Prosimians' which means 'primitive simians' (apes). The different species include:
- Alaotran gentle lemur
- Black and white ruffed lemur
- Red ruffed lemur
- Ring-tailed lemur
However, modern life has begun to take its toll on the lives of these creatures. Rapid and relentless deforestation has wrecked havoc on lemur populations on the island.
A few species like the Aye-aye, for instance are considered to be an inauspicious omen and are therefore trapped and killed. These cumulative causes have led them to be classified as endangered, with nineteen species thought to be vulnerable to extinction.
It is all up to us to protect and preserve these wonderful creatures which are actually an invaluable part of the ecological system of the island of Madagascar.
Many people are coming forward and taking a stand for the conservation and preservation of the forest land and trees so that the natural habitat of the lemurs is not destroyed, and these cute furry animals are not lost to the world forever.