What animals eat lemurs?


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According to the National Wildlife Federation, the animals that eat lemurs are primarily fossa, which is a relative of the mongoose that lives in Madagascar. However, recently humans have also started to eat lemurs, due mostly to poverty.

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What animals eat lemurs?
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Lemurs are primates classified as prosimians, which means that they came before other primates and monkeys. These animals live only in Madagascar and a few surrounding islands, descendants of a primate that hitched a ride to the island millions of years ago. There is even an extinct species of lemur that weighed as much as a gorilla, although now the biggest lemurs are the size of a house cat.

The fossa, which is the main predator of lemurs, has a feline appearance, although it is really related to a mongoose. This animal can climb trees, which puts the tree-dwelling lemurs in danger, and has sharp claws and teeth. It is also evolved from an ancestor that came from mainland Africa. Earlier species used to be large -- about the size of a lion.

Humans in Madagascar have also started hunting lemurs for their meat because of the poverty of the island. This puts many of the endangered lemur species even more at risk.

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