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Scientists have discovered that the gray mouse lemur has the ability to hibernate. (Shutterstock)

Hibernating lemurs may be the key to cryogenic sleep for human space travel

Gray mouse lemurs are more closely related to humans than mice. They also have the ability to hibernate, and researchers are hoping to learn how to transfer that ability to humans.
Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) at the Houston Zoo. Josh Henderson

Caught on camera: The fossa, Madagascar’s elusive top predator

The fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator, is a cat-like carnivore that eats everything from insects to lemurs. Because they are rare and elusive, scientists know very little about them, including how many there are.
The grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus): at 60 grams, nearly the smallest primate in the world. I studied this primate in Madagascar. Jason Gilchrist, www.jasongilchrist.co.uk

Dawn of ‘Trumpocene’ era spells disaster for world’s primates

As Donald Trump prepares to enter the White House, there may be dark days ahead for some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful primates.
Save us from bush meat. Tambako The Jaguar

New action plan to save Madagascar’s at-risk lemurs

Contrary to the film of DreamWorks’ imagining, Madagascar is not ruled by King Julien and his colony of lemurs. In fact the status of the lemurs on the island – the only place on earth that they exist…
Without the blue eyes of its charismatic cousin, who will fight to save the sportive lemur? Melanie Seiler

Lonely lounging lemurs heed warnings of fellow forest creatures

While not the brightest of primates, one species of lemur has shown it can still learn a trick or two, staying safe from predators by heeding the alarm calls of other creatures in the forest. Of all the…

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