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A collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) baby, photographed at the Bronx Zoo.

Pruning the Primate Family Tree

“Dinah”, a young female gorilla kept at the Bronx Zoo in 1914. From the Zoological Society Bulletin. Frustrated by the failure of gorillas to thrive in captivity, in 1914 the Bronx Zoo’s director William Hornaday lamented “There is not the slightest reason to hope that an adult gorilla, either male or female, ever will be…

How sucker-winged bats hang on

A Madagascar sucker-footed bat (Myzopoda aurita). In the tropical forests of Madagascar, there lives a very peculiar kind of bat. While most bats roost by hanging upside-down from cave ceilings or tree branches, the Madagascar sucker-footed bat (Myzopoda aurita) holds itself head-up thanks to a set of adhesive pads on its wings. Nor is it…

A grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Image from Wikipedia. Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Archipelago has been celebrated time and again for its influence on his evolutionary thoughts, but I have to wonder what would have happened if the Beagle skipped the Galapagos and visited Madagascar instead. What would Darwin have made of the…

A ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), photographed at the Bronx Zoo. Who doesn’t love lemurs? The strepsirrhine primates, or wet-nosed cousins of ours, are favorite documentary subjects and extremely popular zoo attractions. And, in one of those bits of zoological trivia that everyone knows, lemurs only live on the island of Madagascar off Africa’s southeastern coast.…