Learning about lemurs helps students get exciting about learning! These resources help them practice writing, critical thinking, and reading comprehension while learning about science, biodiversity, and endangered species.
Activities from the Lemur Conservation Network
The following activities were developed through a collaboration between the Louisiana Lemur Foundation and the Lemur Conservation Network.
Passport to Madagascar
Age 6 and up
Grab your passport and get ready to go; it’s time for a Madagascar safari! In Passport to Madagascar, participants visit three different parts of Madagascar, where each one of the 2020 World Lemur Festival featured lemur species calls home (crowned sifaka, diademed sifaka, and collared brown lemur).
At each Education Station, use the corresponding one-page info sheet to learn about the featured lemur species found in that area. Then, complete the task for each station and write about what you learned in your Passport to Madagascar Field Notebook to earn your passport stamps!
Lemur Species Fact Sheets
Age 10 and up
These one-page fact sheets on the 3 species featured for the 2020 World Lemur Festival help students get started learning about lemurs. They can be used with the Passport to Madagascar activity, or on their own.Download PDF of All Fact Sheets
Lemur Documentary Film Festival Guide
Age 6 and up
This guide lists 7 films about lemurs and Madagascar, including a summary, length, how to access the film online, and discussion questions to use with each.
Citizen Science Project: Lemur Ethogram
Age 14 and up
This activity helps you observe lemurs at your local zoo (or via a zoo webcam). You will compile a list of their distinct behaviors, also known as an ethogram. Ethograms are a stepping stone toward asking testable questions about animal behavior. Your ethogram can provide insight about lemur behavior that can help their zookeepers take even better care of them!
More from the Lemur Conservation Network
- Webinar on Lemur Conservation for Students from 2016 National Biodiversity Teach-in
- Madagascar: A Guide to Using the Film as an Educational Tool for Lemur Conservation
- The Power of Storytelling to Inspire Conservation of Lemurs
- Inspiring Conservation of Lemurs through Education
More Recommended Teaching Resources
Coloring and Activity Book in Malagasy and English from PICC Madagascar
This 40 page activity book features beautiful illustrations for coloring, and activities in both Malagasy and English. It features coloring pages, a word search, a matching game, a vocabulary lesson, and stories about Madagascar, the Malagasy people, and lemurs.
The Ako Project Books and Other Resources from the Lemur Conservation Foundation
The Ako Project is a series of beautifully illustrated books help children learn about the wonders of Madagascar in a fun and easy-to-understand way. They are available in both English and Malagasy. Teachers can order books and posters on the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s website. Additionally, LCF has a series of six downloadable lemur habitat posters, and a free lesson plan for young learners called “Animal Fact or Fiction”.
“Meet the Lemurs” Guide from the Duke Lemur Center
The Duke Lemur Center‘s website’s Meet the Lemurs section includes facts about lemurs’ diet, predators, how they got to Madagascar, and profiles of 18 lemur species, 3 loris species, and the Thick-tailed Bush Baby.
Island of Lemurs Madagascar IMAX Film: Educator’s Guide
This guide was produced by Warner Brothers Entertainment and IMAX in partnership with the Duke Lemur Center. It includes an adorably illustrated map that helps students use their map skills to learn about lemurs and the other animals that live on Madagascar. It also features several worksheets and activities, vocabulary lessons, and quizzes.
Prosimian Taxonomic Advisory Group Education Advisor Committee
Teacher Robin Lee’s “Learning thru Lemurs” Guidebook
Language arts teacher Robin Lee spent a year teaching her students with a lemur-based curriculum! They read books on the rainforest, learned about lemurs, wrote lemur limericks, held fundraisers, and made posters about lemur conservation. This resource documents their activities.
New Big 5 Educational Fun Pack
The New Big 5 has an educational Fun Pack for young people interested in wildlife, with quizzes, jokes, drawing, and challenges. It’s best for ages 6-11, though other children might enjoy it too.
International Primate Protection League
IPPL has a number of fun kids activities on their website, including lemur word searches, a lemur coloring page, a prosimian crossword puzzle, and a variety of free puzzles and other activities about primates.
Middle School Students in Madagascar Raise Awareness of Lemurs
Middle-schoolers from the ASA (American School of Antananarivo) in Madagascar are working on a project to raise awareness of lemurs! Their website features podcasts about lemurs in English, French, and Malagasy.Visit the Animal Protection at ASA Website