All lemurs are lovely.
November 6, 2014 6:46 PM   Subscribe

The folks at the Duke Lemur Center are helpfully offering you the opportunity to figure out: what kind of lemur are you?

Enjoy a belated celebration of World Lemur Week by learning more about your lemur counterparts:

An aye-aye? A black and white ruffed lemur? A blue-eyed black lemur? A mouse lemur? A ring tailed lemur? A sifaka? Bonus! John Cleese and lemurs 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
posted by ChuraChura (44 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
 
i am the kind that rides majestically on the back of buffalos in the night
posted by poffin boffin at 6:52 PM on November 6, 2014


No, no, those are genets!
posted by ChuraChura at 6:53 PM on November 6, 2014


FINE then I am a ring tailed lemur apparently.
posted by poffin boffin at 6:55 PM on November 6, 2014


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
posted by Lemurrhea at 6:56 PM on November 6, 2014 [15 favorites]


omg what a blissful way to end my lousy day

I am the most aye-aye of all aye-ayes
posted by Hermione Granger at 6:57 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


I am a ring tailed lemur apparently.

SAME
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:02 PM on November 6, 2014


Probably because I want to live in the desert and eat small birds.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:03 PM on November 6, 2014


wait crap aye ayes do not look like what I thought they looked like

which animal is the one with the eyes that are so damn big it's actually really scary
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:04 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Frequently Asked Questions about lemurs.
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:04 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Hermione Granger, I suspect you're thinking of tarsiers. Here are some true facts about them.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:06 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Oh yay, a chance to find out my lemur-patronus. I mean patron saint lemur. Er... lemur mascot? Imaginary lemur? Secret shoulder lemur?

Seriously, I'm on board with cutting spirit animal out of everyday use but the list of alternatives in today's earlier thread just lack the linguistic efficiency I'd hoped for.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:07 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


Ring-tailed daemon? I'm going with that one.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:08 PM on November 6, 2014


I am literally not going to acknowledge which lemur this "test" says I am because all of them.
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:10 PM on November 6, 2014 [7 favorites]


There were no questions about your grape soda preferences. I call shenanigans.

(Am I really a ring-tailed lemur? Maybe I am. Maybe I'm not.)
posted by maudlin at 7:12 PM on November 6, 2014


Anyhow, Duke thinks my fursona is a blue-eyed black lemur, is what I'm saying.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:15 PM on November 6, 2014


I got blue-eyed black lemur!

I briefly owned the domain lemurfetish.com!
posted by grobstein at 7:16 PM on November 6, 2014 [2 favorites]


*backs away cautiously*

I'll uh, just let you keep blue-eyed black lemur for yourself, grobstein. What you two do in the privacy of your own home is your own business.
posted by deludingmyself at 7:22 PM on November 6, 2014


blue-eyed black lemur here as well... I actually have blue eyes and I wear black t-shirts all the time.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 7:27 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


LOL I retook the quiz and got the blue-eyed black lemur too, and it is perfect because they are the bossiest of all lemurs
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:39 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


I celebrated World Lemur Week by mocking my friends in the lemur lab, whose graduate advisor required them to wander campus in lemur costumes.

I don't want to take the quiz just in case it tells me I'm not a sifaka.
posted by pemberkins at 8:00 PM on November 6, 2014 [5 favorites]


If you are of a certain age, the mere mention of lemurs will remind you of Joel Furr, whereupon you will then be irritated.

It is, I suppose, unfair to blame the lemurs for this.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:09 PM on November 6, 2014


I am an aye-aye! I stand out at parties, can see blue, and like bugs!
posted by gingerbeer at 8:25 PM on November 6, 2014


"Athletic, personable, quiet, easy-going. These words describe the Coquerel's sifaka."

And me!

This is the perfect post to make today go away. Perfect. Thank you.
posted by rtha at 8:31 PM on November 6, 2014 [3 favorites]


I am literally not going to acknowledge which lemur this "test" says I am because all of them.

you are 100 different lemurs inside a larger lemur suit
posted by poffin boffin at 8:40 PM on November 6, 2014 [3 favorites]


"Athletic, personable, quiet, easy-going. These words describe the Coquerel's sifaka."

And me!

This is the perfect post to make today go away. Perfect. Thank you.
posted by rtha at 8:31 PM on November 6 [1 favorite +] [!]

Hey, I'm a Coquerel's sifaka too! We can just hang out together quietly in a small friend group.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:09 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


There is a whole blog with nothing but photos of Lemurs eating things: http://lemurseatingthings.tumblr.com/
posted by casconed at 11:15 PM on November 6, 2014 [1 favorite]


[scowls]
posted by digitalprimate at 11:44 PM on November 6, 2014 [2 favorites]


I love the Duke Lemur Center - their Facebook page is a refreshing break from the faux-political drivel everyone else posts.

Also, I love lemurs. All the lemurs!
posted by Katemonkey at 12:49 AM on November 7, 2014


[Self-link:] Some of you might like these Lemuricks (from here).
posted by rory at 2:12 AM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


Okay, it turns out I can't resist internet quizzes. But I am indeed a Coquerel's sifaka, so my fears were unfounded.

I also would have accepted mouse lemur
posted by pemberkins at 2:46 AM on November 7, 2014


I'm a Coquerel's Sifaka, but I don't know where they got the easy-going part.
posted by Sheydem-tants at 3:09 AM on November 7, 2014


I love the Duke Lemur Center. I took my kid there earlier this year and although she might've been a tad young for some aspects of the tour, she still enjoyed looking at all of the lemurs. She sure did.
posted by NoMich at 3:39 AM on November 7, 2014


The Duke Lemur Center is great! I went there are several times as a kid, and it was the only thing about Duke I allowed myself not to hate. I went there first with just my parents and definitely thought that I had a cool thing that only I knew about, unlike all those people who liked stupid monkeys. Later on the class took a field trip (the thing about being a teacher's kid is that family activities are often scouting trips for field trips) and I was a little miffed that everyone was getting into lemurs when I knew how cool they were years before.

Anyway, apparently I'm a Coquerel's Sifaka. Cool!
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 6:35 AM on November 7, 2014


I am a black and white ruffed lemur! Like to stay warm and dry and lounge and sleep, sounds right.
posted by maryrussell at 6:37 AM on November 7, 2014


Damn! I'm an aye-aye.

World's weirdest? That's offensive.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 7:00 AM on November 7, 2014


Mouse lemur! Best lemur! this quiz is CORRECT!
posted by Erasmouse at 7:06 AM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


although she might've been a tad young for some aspects of the tour

The very first thing I imagined was a drab windowless room where all the lemurs are sitting behind desks answering tedious customer service inquiries for minimum wage or trying to do their own taxes.
posted by poffin boffin at 8:08 AM on November 7, 2014 [2 favorites]


Blue-eyed Black Lemur! Who are apparently bullies? To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting to need a moment of self-reflection after taking a lemur quiz.
posted by edbles at 8:15 AM on November 7, 2014


(oh no, the Uncommon Aye-Aye interview link should go here.)
posted by ChuraChura at 8:20 AM on November 7, 2014


If it's Friday, it must be Aye-ayes. Please enjoy Douglas Adams, may his name be blessed, speaking on our friends the lemurs:
Sometime in about the mid 1980s, the phone rang. (Laughter.)

And the voice said, “We want you to go to Madagascar. We want you to look for a very rare form of lemur, called the Aye-aye. The plane leaves in two weeks, we would like you to be on it.” Now I—assuming they’ve got the wrong number—said “yes!” before they could discover their mistake. (Laughter.) But in fact it turned out that they decided, “Well, here is somebody who doesn’t know anything about lemurs, anything about the Aye-aye, anything about Madagascar, let’s send him.” (Laughter.) So I started to try and find out something about it, and it turns out it’s very interesting.

Lemurs used to be the dominant primate in all the world. And they were very, very gentle, pleasant creatures. They were a little bit like sort of cat size, and they used to hang around in the trees having a nice time. And then, Gondwanaland split up. It always sounds like some sort of 70’s rock group going their own way for reasons of musical differences. But as you probably remember Gondwanaland was that vast continental landmass that consisted of what then became South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australasia—uh, no—Australia, Australia and not—and this will turn out to be significant later—not New Zealand which turns out to be just a lot of gunk that came out from under the ocean. (Laughter.)

And as I say, lemurs were the dominant primate around the world, and when all these landmasses split up, and Madagascar was one of them, Madagascar kind of sailed off into the middle of what then suddenly became the Indian Ocean. And took with it a representative sample of the livestock of the period, which included a lot of lemurs. And they basically sort of sat there for millions and millions of years in glorious isolation. While, in the rest of the world, a new creature emerged. A new creature arrived that was much more intelligent than the lemurs—according to it—, (Laughter) much more competitive, much more aggressive, and incredibly interested in all of things you could do with twigs. (Laughter.)
This is my 1,000th comment on the Blue. It pleases me somehow to spend it on lemurs and Douglas Adams. Thanks, ChuraChura.
posted by MonkeyToes at 9:04 AM on November 7, 2014 [3 favorites]


Thank you. We have this conversation at home EVERY MORNING! My 5 year old is obsessed with being a specific, but changing daily, lemur. Dancing sifika, cute brown bamboo lemur, middle finger fruit eating aye aye, etc. There is so much to do on the "look up computer."
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 10:02 AM on November 7, 2014 [2 favorites]


I eat Audis.
posted by bendy at 10:14 AM on November 7, 2014 [1 favorite]


That Shaq video had me in stitches! He is such a ham!
posted by ramix at 10:27 AM on November 7, 2014


I'm a Coquerel's Sifaka! This post had me all giggly and reminiscing over an old fantasy of visiting Madagascar. Bah, well, guess since I'm not at all a fan of super hot climates I'll find my way to the Duke Lemur Center at some point in my life. What a great post. Thank you!
posted by one teak forest at 10:25 AM on November 10, 2014


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