Red-bellied Lemur

(Eulemur rubriventer)

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
Eastern Madagascar

Habitat
rainforests

Diet
Fruits, leaves, blossoms,
seeds, millipedes

Status
vulnerable

Weight
1,600 to 2,200 g

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 125 days

Achievable age
over 30 years

Red or white?It is only the male red-bellied lemurs that actually do justice to their name, as they do indeed havea reddish-brown belly. The females, however, have creamcoloured tummies. And until they reach around two years of age, young males display the same colouring as their mothers.

Is it true, that ...?

  • The destruction of their rainforest habitat and illegal hunting represent the greatest threats to these lemurs.
  • Lemurs build relationships through mutual grooming, using their lower teeth as a comb.