Land of the Lemurs
Millions of years ago, Madagascar was joined to Africa’s East Coast, but it is now an island found about 500 miles away. Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unusual animals. Among these are lemurs, relatives of monkeys that are native only to Madagascar. More than 20 lemur species live in different parts of the island. Ring-tailed lemurs live in the southern and southwestern part, favoring dry forests and bushy areas, dry mountainous areas and the central plateau.