5 Fun Facts That Will Make You See Lemurs in a Whole New Light

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Lemurs are one of the most interesting animal species that can be found on the island of Madagascar, and they deserve all attention coming their way. They’re even more fascinating when you get to learn more about them, and these five fun facts will help you see them in a whole new light.

Female Domination

It’s pretty rare for females to be dominant over males in the mammal world, but lemurs are a rare exception to this rule and their societies are mostly ruled by female leaders.

Blue Eyes

Animals with blue eyes are nearly impossible to find, and lemurs just happen to be the only primates known to have blue eyes besides humans.


Lemurs developed a unique way to self-medicate and deal with unwanted parasites, chewing on millipedes to create an orange-colored substance that can act as a mosquito repellent.

A Capella Singing

Certain species of lemurs have a pretty interesting way of communication, and that’s certainly the case with Indri lemurs. They often sing in sync with each other, and their a capella abilities are a sight to behold.

Stink Fights

Lemurs can’t rely on communication to settle their disputes, so they often resort to “sink fights”, wafting the strong smells into each other’s faces with their tails until one of them backs off.