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These ringtailed lemurs are found in the wild only in Madagascar. (Jurgen & Christine Sohns / FLPA / Minden Pictures)

# A Place for Primates

## This scientist helped make a park for Madagascar’s lemurs

Three maps pointing out the location of Madagascar, the location of Ranomafana National Park, and the park’s perimeter (Jim McMahon)

Patricia Wright first traveled from New York to the country of Madagascar, an island nation off the east coast of Africa, 25 years ago. The scientist was looking for the greater bamboo lemur. People thought this small primate had died out in the wild. (Primates are a group of animals that includes lemurs, monkeys, and apes.) But deep in the rainforest, Wright found a noisy group of the animals chewing on bamboo.

Wright knew the lemurs weren’t safe. That’s because people were cutting down the forest for its wood. She asked the government to create a park so the lemurs would always have a home.

The government agreed to set up a park—but Wright had to figure out its boundaries. She and her team spent weeks hiking through the muddy jungle and chatting with local villagers. After years of planning, Ranomafana (RAHN-noomah- FAH-nah) National Park was established in 1991.

“It’s all beautiful rainforest,” says Wright. Today at least 14 types of lemurs live inside the park, along with millions of other plants and animals.

And the park’s perimeter may soon change: Wright wants to make Ranomafana bigger to protect even more of Madagascar’s wild forests.

WHAT TO DO

Wright spent months hiking through the jungle to define the perimeter of Ranomafana National Park (see map). Perimeter is the distance around the edge of a closed shape. To find the perimeter of an object, add the lengths of all its sides.

Example: What is the perimeter of the shape below?

2 + 4 + 5 = 11

The perimeter is 11 feet.

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# How to Lose a Lemur

by Frann Preston-Gannon and Frann Preston-Gannon

Everyone knows that once a lemur takes a fancy to you, there is not much that can be done about it. That's just what happens to a little boy when a lemur begins to follow him in the park one day, and more of the adoring animals join in. The boy does everything to ditch the playful creatures, from jumping on a train to flying in a hot-air balloon to climbing the highest mountain. But nothing works, and he's lost, too! It's then that his constant companions show just why they make the very best of friends.

The parade of lovable lemurs, and the playful illustrations, will have children laughing, reading this again and again, and wishing they could have a pet like that, too.

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# Furious George Goes Bananas

by Michael Rex and Michael Rex

George is an ape, not a monkey, and he is perfectly happy living his simple life in the jungle, until one day the man in the funny hat kidnaps him and brings him to the big city. Poor George! Forced to live in a cage at the zoo, then work hard manual labor and be mocked on stage, George has every reason to be upset. In fact, after all the maltreatment, he's downright furious! So it's a good thing George is one clever ape. Perhaps getting mad is not the only answer. Readers will laugh out loud when George comes up with a way to outsmart the man in the funny hat.

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