Four Types of Lenurs  - Endangered Primates
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“Lemurs: Tails From The Canopy”
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Lemurs: Tails from the Canopy
Contents:
Lemur and Prosimian Vocabulary

Lemurs: Natural History Introduction
Taxonomy Description - Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species
A Guide To Modern Lemurs
Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis)
Lesser Mouse Lemur (Microcebus murinus)
Mongoose Lemur (Lemur mongoz)
Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi)
Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
Projects for Individuals and Classes
Preserving Endangered Species

To Catch A Lemur
A Lemur Field Guide
Lemur Word Search
Lemur Word Jumble
Concept Work Sheet
Quiz # 1
Quiz # 2
Quiz # 3
Quiz # 4
Activities and Quizzes: Solutions and Answers
Activities and Quizzes: Solutions and Answers 2
Lemur Pictures
Lemur Pictures 2
Lemur Pictures 3
Lemur Pictures 4
Lemur Pictures 5
Sources and Resources




INTRODUCTION

FILM SYNOPSIS

At the Tiger Homes Sanctuary, wildlife zookeepers Jason and Rachel introduce students to four types of lemurs including 3 species and one subspecies, that live in captivity at the center. We see them fed, learn about their anatomy, their habitats, and some of the characteristics that define these amazing mammals that are found only on the island of Madagascar. The team also introduces viewers to the Tiger Homes Web site www.tigerhomes.org where they can log on and observe the lemurs (and other species) in their sanctuary habitats.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

“Lemurs: Tails Form The Canopy” introduces students to the family of mammals called Lemurs. Through the eyes and narration of the wildlife conservationists at “Tiger Homes Sanctuary,” where four different kinds of these endangered primates are raised, students learn about the characteristics that define lemurs, about the characteristics that separate one lemur species from another, and a little bit about their lives in the wild and in captivity. The film also shows how wild animals are cared for in captivity at the Sanctuary.

From the film and related activities students should have an initial understanding of the following concepts:

· Definition of a species
· Introductory understanding of the ordering of the animal kingdom
· Basic definition of primates
· In-depth understanding of lemurs
· Some threats to lemurs in the wild
· How lemurs are similar to other primates
· How lemurs differ from other primates
· What animal anatomy can tell an observer about species’ habitats and lifestyles
· How interactive and informational internet resources can add to a student’s understanding of science, particularly wildlife and lemurs
· Practical application of some internet skills as they relate to animal behavior
· Imaginative responses to zoological ideas


Curriculum Objectives

This Curriculum is designed to give teachers some very basic background information about Lemurs and their place in the animal kingdom in order to better help them teach about lemurs, and if they so choose, to use an understanding of Lemurs to pursue further explorations in zoology, wildlife and conservation. A set of activities in the form of longer projects and shorter work sheets and quizzes have been provided to enhance students understanding not only of lemurs but other zoological concepts and methods as well. Teachers are encouraged to modify any of these activities to best serve the learning needs of their students.

Elements of this programme (Field guide entries, quizzes, and work sheets) have been formatted to allow teachers to photocopy them easily for class distribution.

The project length activities can be used and modified for a broad range of ages and learning abilities.

Each of the four quizzes varies in degree of difficulty. #1 is the easiest and is designed for grades 3-5, #3 is appropriate for students up to the high school level. Answer keys are provided.



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