Lemurs are wild species belonging to the Lemuridae family. They are native to the Island of Madagascar. Since lemurs are wild animals, it is not a common practice to domesticate or keep them as pets. Note that lemurs are not necessarily great pets as they inhibit toxic behavioural patterns owing to the trauma caused by separation from the group. Lemurs are however quite cute and so are occasionally kept as pets. Coming up with good lemur names can be a difficult task for people and zookeepers alike. As such, this article provides a detailed list of names than can be given to lemurs.
Good Lemur Names
Good lemur names are usually inspired by their physical characteristics. Their personality traits also provide great inspiration for names. This is most important in animal parks were a bigger population is kept. Good lemur names can be based on their natural environment, particularly the world. Cute names, as well as famous, cool and funny names make for good lemur names. To add on, good lemur names include gender-specific names.
Stripes: a name given to ring-tailed lemurs.
John Cleese: a famous actor who is also known for his love for lemur species.
Zini: a character of a lemur in the Disney film, Dinosaur.
Advik: the name means unique which is perfect for an animal on the verge of extinction.
Wild: a funny yet cool name for a wild animal that is also a pet.
Baby Lemur Names
Baby lemurs are called pups. As is the practice with most young pets, baby lemur names are usually cute. Endearment terms are often used for baby lemurs. Baby lemur names can also be funny or inspired by the meaning of the names. Ordinary people’s names or baby names can also be used for pups. Baby lemur names are often inspired by their physical traits as personality traits of new-born babies are almost impossible to determine.
Maddie: short for Madagascar where lemurs are originally found.
Browny: a name that is usually given to animals with a brown coloured coat hence it is ideal for brown lemurs.
Buddy: a name given to pets or friends. It is therefore also ideal for a pet lemur.
Simba: named after the lead character in Simba the Lion King.
Disney: a cute and good baby name for a pet that has inspired a number of films on Disney.
Pet Lemur Names
As already pointed out, lemurs are wild animals and so are not great pets. However, some people do keep them as pets. It then becomes necessary to give them good names. Pet lemur names basically include any names that are suitable for other domesticated pets. Cute and cool names also make for ideal pet lemur names. Terms of endearment are among the world’s popular pet names.
Hitler/ Napoleon: names of world leaders can be used as pet names. These names are ideal for animals that do not make for good pets.
Lovebug: terms of endearment make for cute pet lemur names.
April: pets can be named after their birth or adoption month. They can also be named after the owner’s birth month or any special month.
Yoyo: lemurs can be names after movie characters that are based on other animals. This name is inspired by the character of a monkey in Blinky Bill.
Female Lemur Names
A female lemur is known as a princess. Females usually dominate all lemur species. Female lemur names therefore include royal names. Names of famous people are also ideal female lemur names. Some people prefer to choose names based on the meaning of the name while others like to name female lemurs after favourite destinations. Female lemur names can also be inspired by names of famous cartoon and movie characters.
Nala: the name is inspired by a character in Simba the Lion King.
Tilly: short for Matilda meaning mighty or strength.
Dianna: named after Princess Dianna.
Makeba: female lemurs are the more dominant species and so names of great women in history are suitable. The name is inspired by Mirriam Makeba, also known as Mama Afrika.
Belle/ Bella: meaning beautiful.
Male Lemur Names
A male lemur is called a prince. Male lemur names are often masculine. This is due to the common human belief that male species are masculine and should be given befitting names. That being said, male lemur names can also be funny, cool or famous. Names that are suitable to humans and other male pets can generally be used for male lemurs. Male lemur names can also be inspired by the meaning of the name.
Abu: a character from the popular film, Aladdin.
Yasur: the name means active volcano.
Ethan: the name means the gift of the island. It is ideal for animals that are found on the islands.
King Louie: named after a character from The Jungle Book.
Famous Lemur Names
In recent years, there have been cartoon characters developed around lemur species. Such characters make for ideal famous lemur names. They make it easy for people to remember and relate to the name. Names of popular people and world leaders are also among famous lemur names. Names based on endearment names are also quite common and so are among famous lemur names.
Merlin: some lemur species are nocturnal therefore can be named after famous witches.
King Julien: a major character in Madagascar.
Hemsworth: named after Chris Hemsworth, who played Thor in various movies including the Avengers and Thor.
Lary Lemur: the name is inspired by SpongeBob’s naughty pet Lary.
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Funny Lemur Names
Some pet owners and zookeepers prefer funny names over other types of names. The upside of using funny lemur names is that they are easy to relate to. Funny lemur names are derived from famous cartoons and movies. Puns on famous peoples are among funny lemur names. It is quite common for funny lemur names to be inspired by their physical and personality traits.
Lemur Joseph Odom: a pun on the basket player’s name, Lamar Joseph Odom.
Governor: a funny yet distinguished name for a beloved pet.
Kendrick Lemur: the name is inspired by the famous rapper, Kendrick Lamar.
Wildling: inspired by the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. The name is ideal for wild animals.
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Cool Lemur Names
Cool lemur names are those based on their physical and personality traits. Names inspired by their natural habitat can also be cool. Cool lemur names include names of famous people and world leaders. Exotic names also make for cool lemur names. Some people prefer to name their pets after their favourite desserts and beverages. To add on, zodiac signs are cool lemur names.
Paris: names of best destination places in the world make for cool lemur names.
Tequila/ Martini: pets can also be named after famous cocktails.
Chanel: name after the world-famous French fashion house, Chanel.
Lola: a Spanish name meaning strong lady.
Maurice: a lemur character in the movie, Madagascar.
What Is The Most Common Lemur?
There are various types of lemur species with some being more common. In 1994, there were only 60 lemur species documented. Since them, a few more species have been discovered and scientists expect to add approximately 5% more species. The most common species of lemur is the Lemur catta also known as the ring-tailed lemur. They are easily disguised by their long black and white ringed tail. Note that although Lemur catta are common, they have been listed as endangered. There are currently about 2000 to 2400 species left globally. This figure represents a 95% decrease since the year 2000 when their total population was last published.
Is It Illegal To Buy A Lemur?
The law varies from country to country and so the answer to this question is not universal. In some countries, it is illegal to buy, own or get a pet that is enlisted among the endangered species. On the other hand, some other countries do not have such laws. In countries like Madagascar where lemurs are originally found, it has been illegal to buy a pet lemur since around the 1960s. Law enforcement is however a major challenge. In some parts of the United States including North Carolina, it is legal to buy a lemur. People can easily buy them at pet shops though they are quite expensive.