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A Lemur's Tale (#1408)

This exploration of the jungles of Madagascar looks into the sophisticated culture of a ring-tailed lemur group. Members of this primate family are dependent on lush forests and high trees for their survival, and Madagascar is the only place on earth where ring-tailed lemurs still roam free. The lemur groups are primarily matriarchal, and in this episode, the "Nature" team follows four mothers as they care for infants that are in a critical stage of their development. Drought, disease, predators and natural selection threaten the young lemurs. The lemurs convey a human-like bond with one another as they undertake the rearing of their young, face the deaths of group members and wait for the coming rains that will renew their food supply. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
299 episodes
Average Episode Length
57 minutes
Record Rights
Record and retain for 1 year from each broadcast. No duplication allowed.
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Series Description: NATURE, television's longest-running weekly natural history series, has won more than 200 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including the only award ever given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

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