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The Ultimate Madagascar Lemurs Quiz
by Staff
The island of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, is home to a unique primate, the lemur. Take this quiz and see why the lemur resides only in Madagascar.

What is special about Madagascar?

  • sparsest population in the world
  • geographically diverse
  • all year round rain

When is the rainy season in Madagascar?

  • December to April
  • May to October
  • October to March

What inhabitant of Madagascar is unique to this tropical paradise?

  • Madagascar sifaka
  • lemur
  • African antelope

To what family of animals do lemurs belong?

  • primates
  • anthropoids
  • beringel

How many species of lemurs are there?

  • 66
  • 77
  • 88

Why have the lemurs prospered in Madagascar?

  • very few predators
  • no other primates
  • plentiful food supplies

To which suborder of primates do the lemurs belong?

  • anthropoids
  • tamarins
  • prosimians

How do their grooming habits differ from other primates?

  • They use their teeth as combs.
  • They use their fingers as combs.
  • They don't groom themselves only others.

What are the eating habits of prosimians?

  • omnivores
  • carnivores
  • insectivorous

How would you describe prosimian society?

  • male-dominated
  • female-dominated
  • leadership roles are shared

How old is the first known prosimian fossil?

  • 55 million years
  • 40 million years
  • 15 million years

Why did the prosimians die out everywhere except for Madagascar?

  • Prosimians became easy prey for the anthropoids until they became extinct.
  • Anthropoids were larger, more adaptive and intelligent and out-hunted them.
  • Prosimians were victims of the fur trade.

How did the lemurs get to Madagascar?

  • They were on Madagascar when it separated from Africa many years ago.
  • They were brought to the island by early traders.
  • They floated across from Africa.

What happened to the lemurs when the first humans arrived 2,000 years ago?

  • They were hunted by the settlers.
  • They were adopted as pets.
  • They prospered alongside the settlers.

According to fossil records, how big was the largest extinct lemur species?

  • 250 to 300 pounds (114 to 136 kilograms)
  • 300 to 350 pounds (136 to 159 kilograms)
  • 350 to 440 pounds (159 to 200 kilograms)

How big is the largest surviving lemur?

  • 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 6.8 kilograms)
  • 15 to 20 pounds (6.8 to 9 kilograms)
  • 20 to 25 pounds (9 to 11.3 kilograms)

How did the lemurs get their name?

  • Early explorers, encountering them at night and thinking they were ghosts gave them the Latin name meaning ghost.
  • They were named for the Portuguese explorer Vasco Lemur.
  • The word comes from the Malayan word for tree-dwellers.

What is the smallest lemur?

  • 80 grams
  • 50 grams
  • 25 grams

How do many tribal communities in Madagascar regard the lemurs?

  • harbingers of a good crop
  • omens of bad luck
  • ghosts of early settlers

Where is the best part of Madagascar for lemurs to live?

  • the northern part
  • the southern part
  • the western part