to this riddle is one of my favorite animals. My name is
and I study black and white ruffed
These small, furry mammals live in Madagascar, an island off the southeast
coast of Africa.
in Madagascar have been destroyed because people need land
for grazing and farming. So now lemurs are endangered. Scientists
want to prevent these marvelous creatures from becoming
So they are sending lemurs that have been bred in U.S. zoos
back home to their native Madagascar.
hope that the imported lemurs will mate with the native ones,
and that the population will gradually increase. In the lab,
I analyzed the DNA sequences from several lemurs from both
Madagascar and U.S. zoos. Scientists are using my results
to help track how the zoo lemurs are adjusting
to their new habitat over time.