Collared Brown Lemur

(Eulemur collaris)

Lemurs are prosimians and are part of a unique variety of animals that is indigenous to the island of Madagascar. The locals call lemurs 'forest spirits' because of their awestruck red and yellow glowing eyes when light is cast upon them in the night. It is important to protect their natural habitat to prevent the animals themselves declining as the rainforest around them is doing.

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
South-western Madagascar

Habitat
rainforests

Diet
Leaves, flowers, fruit

Status
endangered

Weight
2 kg up to 2.5 kg

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 120 days

Achievable age
over 30 years

The last of its kind

The island of Madagascar was formed over 150 million years ago, providing a safe and isolated place
for lemurs to evolve. Today, collared brown lemurs are one of the most endangered lemur species, with the biggest threat coming from slash-and-burn farming and from poaching.

Furry raincoat

The lemurs’ long, thick fur is waterproof, impenetrable to even the heaviest downpour.

Did you know?

  • Tierpark Berlin’s first baby collared brown lemur was born in 2016.
  • Lemurs got their name because of their call, which reminded early explorers of the cry of Roman spirits called lemures.