Places | Mayotte | Lemurs
we went to Bouzi island with our boat and anchored there. My parents sent
Alex and I to swim to the island and see if there were lemurs. Sure enough
there were lemurs everywhere, big ones, small ones and some even
had babies. It turns out that this place is a refuge for lemurs and we
talked with one of the caretakers and learnt a lot about them. The caretakers
do not feed them everything they need, they give them only a little bit
and then they have to find the rest themselves in the wild. It's the rainy
season and there is more food now (December), so that's a good time to
have a baby. When the mother has a baby she is pregnant for 3 months.
After the birth the baby gets nursed by the mother while hanging on by
wrapping it's tail all the way round the mother's tummy and back again
for 4 months. After that a big brother or other male will look after it
too and teach it things.
We learnt a lot about lemurs and it was lots of fun being with them because they sometimes hopped onto my shoulder when I was feeding them bananas and because they make cute pig like noises.
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