'Island of Lemurs' Exposes Threat of Illegal Logging

The new IMAX movie hopes to raise awareness of the plight of these animals.
3:00 | 04/05/14

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Finally tonight, some of the most remarkable and adorable animals on Earth and they're our distant cousins. They're in real danger. Tonight ABC's Dan Harris has seen and interacted with them firsthand and bringing us closer. Reporter: This is the lemur. They come in more than 100 flavors including the named dancing lemur. There's also the ring tail lemur, the bamboo lemur and black and white which looks like a skunk crossed with a panda bear. They live off the coast of Africa. This is country and these animals are now the subject of a new imax movie called island of lemurs. The lemur is our oldest ancestor and one of the secrets is that the females are in charge. The female calls the shots. Leads them where they wants to lead them. Reporter: Not long ago I hiked into the mountains to see one of the rarest lemurs, named silky silvaka. Getting close? Yeah. They're not afraid of people are they should be. Illegal loggers have been pillaging the forests driving every type of lemur to the verge of extension. Do you hope the movie will make a difference? I think the movie is going to make a great difference. I think once that movie is out there and you see how beautiful they are, I think everybody is going to want to saver lemurs. Reporter: Raising awareness so the dance of the lemur can carry on. Dan Harris, ABC news, New York.

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