Lemuridae – True lemurs

Matriarchal ‘creators of the forest’

This family of lemurs is the oldest of primates. They are characterized by a long fluffy tail (it can even be longer than its body), pointe snout, and large eyes. Lemurs are one of the most social animals on earth, and the reason I call them ‘matriarchal’ is because their societies are female-dominated. Females decide and mark territories (thus the rule makers) and often aggressively assert dominance over their male counterparts.

Lemurs are key seed and pollen dispersers and thus help expand the forest; thus, they are appropriately called the ‘creators of the forest.’ Lastly, lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals, but habitat recreation can help them grow.