Sci 275 Lemurs in Madagascar Worksheet

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Associate Level Material Lemurs in Madagascar Assignment View the “Lemurs in Madagascar – Surviving on an Island of Change” video. Using the information found in this video, and in Ch. 5 and 6 of Visualizing Environmental Science, answer the following questions in 25 to 100 words each. 1. What are Madagascar’s biomes? Discuss the major features of at least one of these biomes. Use the textbook for biome examples. Madagascar has rain forest, dry forest, and grassland biomes. I am going to discuss some of the major features of the Tropical Rain Forest biome. They are wet, warm, and also high levels of biodiversity. The tropical rain forest is divided into four different layers, and these layers are forest floor, the understory layer, the canopy layer, and the emergent layer. 2. What changes happening in Madagascar are posing challenges for lemurs? Give details about the sources, time scale, and types of change. The biggest change that is happening in Madagascar that is posing challenges to Lemurs in Madagascar is the deforestation of the rain forest. The reason this is a challenge is it disrupts the eco system, its home, and the food supply. 3. Which types of lemurs are adapting to the changes? Which types of lemurs are not adapting well? Why? A lemur that is not adapting very easy to the change is the Bamboo Lemur. When you cut down the bamboo, it takes away the food supply and they cease to exist. However, the Ring Tailed Lemur seems to be adapting well because it has the ability to adapt the best out of them all. The ones in Secondary Habitats are doing the best. 4. What behavioral and physical traits are being favored in lemurs in the changing Madagascar environment? Some Behavioral and physical traits that are being favored in Lemurs in the changing Madagascar environment are their small bodies, long nose, and large eyes.

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