Lemurs are members of the primate class called prosimians, which means ‘pre- monkey’. In nature, lemurs are nocturnal creatures that live only on the island of Madagascar. Millions of years ago, they made their way there after the island broke away from the rest of Africa, and have been safe there ever since. However, they are not completely safe. Currently, they are considered endangered species, and some lemurs are listed as threatened species. Parts of the Madagascar rainforest have been set aside as protected areas for its plants and animals, but Madagascar is not a wealthy country, so it greatly appreciates help from outside organizations that are dedicated to research and conservation.
If you would like to help, you can adopt a lemur from the Lemur Center at Duke University in Durham, NC. Also, check out the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s website to learn more about this animal. There you can also view some cool lemur artwork, as well as shop for lemur items that were made in Madagascar. The children’s book, Ny Aiay Ako, is my favourite item=:)
Below, you can see that I’ve cut out a few shapes from black vinyl. I am using them for the lemur’s face, nose, and ears. I glued them onto a piece of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, and I stitched on the ear. Then, I beaded the lemur’s eyes with size 15 seed beads. I’m not sure that I’m finished with the eyes, but next, I’ll bead some fur around the lemur’s face and nose…
I’d better get to work=:0