DreamWorks Animation and Netflix brought Madagascar’s favorite royal lemur, King Julien, to the small screen in “All Hail King Julien” on Dec. 19. In honor of King Julien’s first starring role, the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, shared the following facts about lemurs like King Julien and his trusty side-kicks Maurice, Clover, and Mort.
1. Despite King Julien’s easygoing attitude, life as a lemur isn’t what it seems. They’re the most endangered mammal on the planet, and face possible extinction within 20 years.
2. There are at least 80 different kinds of lemurs, ranging from aye-aye lemurs like Maurice to mouse lemurs like Mort.
3. Lemurs are loud. Ruffed lemurs have an alarm call that can be heard up to half a mile away.
4. King Julien may think he’s the ruler of his Madagascar colony, but it’s the female lemurs, like Clover, who are actually in charge.
5. At birth, mouse lemurs like Mort weigh the same amount as three pennies or about 7.5 grams.
6. Lemurs aren’t just experts at moving, rocking and dancing; they’re also talented artists. In fact, the Duke Lemur Center even sells paintings by lemurs!
7. Ring-tailed lemurs, like King Julien and his uncle, will have stink fights to attract females and keep other lemurs out of their territories.
8. Lemur societies are very political, which gives King Julien a lot to do when he’s not too busy admiring himself and throwing parties.
9. Lemurs come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from a 2-oz. mouse lemur like Mort to a 20-pound indri.
10. Aye-aye lemurs like Maurice can chew through a concrete wall using their constantly growing incisors.
11. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs can sleep for up to six months without eating or drinking anything -– it’s called torpor.
12. The Sifaka can leap 30 feet in a single bound.
13. Lemurs smell in three dimensions in the same way that humans see in 3-D.