90 percent of the remaining 111 species of Lemurs are threatened. These social creatures are still eaten in Madagascar. This is not a starvation/survival situation – people are not eating Lemur to survive in many cases. Lemur is served in many urban meat markets and restaurants.
I worked for a holiday season as a costumed character version of King Julien – a hyper, lovable Lemur from Dreamwork’s animated film, Madagascar. Cute, isn’t he? Kids and adults loved the fuzzy, insane King of the Lemurs. I got innumerable hugs, hi-fives – the works. Audiences who saw the film would likely be shocked and disgusted to learn how Lemurs in real life don’t dance and sing- they’re frequently eaten and hunted. Lemurs are also dying from logging and agriculture-related forest destruction.
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