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Courtship Amongst Ringtails

Researchers call it “stink flirting.” A male ringtailed lemur rubs his signature scent onto his long, fluffy tail, then waves it over his head in the direction of a nearby female. Males seem to intend this gesture as a sexual overture. But it often gets them into fights - with lemurs of both sexes. In fact, scientists aren’t sure stink flirting helps male lemurs at all.

Lemur On The Menu

Lemur on the menu: most-endangered primates still served in Madagascar. Officials in Madagascar’s northeastern Sava region say lemur is served illegally in restaurants. One conservationist says people use a code to order lemur meat. More than 90 percent of lemur species are threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Lemurs Are Weird Because Madagascar's Fruit Is Weird

Lemurs eat way less fruit than most other primates, and scientists have a new hypothesis as to why: the fruit on Madagascar, where the lemurs live, is unusually low in protein. Scientists posit that the evolution of unusual dietary behaviors in lemurs, from leaf-eating to hibernating, is tied to fruit quality.

Lemurs Are What They Eat

Lemurs eat a lot of leaves because fruit on Madagascar isn’t nutritious enough to sustain them, according to new research.Research finds that poor quality fruit drives Madagascan diets.

Climate Change Pushing This Lemur To The Limit

A new study, co-authored by UA primatologist Stacey Tecot, paints a grim picture for the future of greater bamboo lemurs in Madagascar.