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Fun Facts About Climbing Trees

David Rees and Daniel Schmit, professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, sit on the ground surrounded by lemurs at the Duke Lemur Lab.  Lemurs spend most of their time in the trees and are known for their playful and wild antics of hopping from tree to tree.

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  • The world’s oldest known living tree is a scraggly-looking, 13-foot-tall spruce in Sweden. It sprouted during the last Ice Age, about 9,550 years ago.

  • There are approximately 20,000 types of trees and roughly 1,000 of these grow in the United States.

  • Stretching up 379 feet, the world’s tallest tree is a California redwood named “Hyperion.” It was only discovered in 2006.

  • Coast redwood trees take 400 to 500 years to reach maturity.

  • Volunteers and staff at Muir Woods National Monument and Redwood Creek Nursery have planted roughly 20,000 plants along Redwood Creek since 2003.

  • In 2014, a violent storm off the Welsh coast stripped away sand to reveal the remnants of a 6,000-year-old forest.

  • Resembling a large cactus the unusual Boojum tree is native to Baja, California, and gets its name from Lewis Carroll’s poem, “The Hunting of the Snark.”

  • There are approximately 240 species of magnolia trees and shrubs native to North and South America, East Asia, and the Himalayas.

  • The motion by which arboreal animals swing from branch to branch is known as “brachiation.”

  • Weighing one ounce, the pygmy mouse lemur is the world’s smallest primate.