Lemur of the Day: Red-Shouldered Sportive Lemur

Sportive lemurs are active at night, when they forage for food, and less social than brown lemurs or sifakas, tending toward solitary living. During the day, they doze in tree hollows, crooks, and dense areas of branches, usually alone unless they are raising young. With their large, night-adapted eyes, sportive lemurs wear a perpetually surprised expression. Our guides at Zombitse … Read more

Lemur of the Day: Red-Fronted Brown Lemur

We were only a few hundred meters into the dry forest at Isalo National Park when we heard rustling in the fallen leaves, followed by snuffling sounds that reminded me of a certain family member who likes to press her nose against the glass and snort like a pig. A quick scan of the surrounding brush identified the culprits: a troop of red-fronted brown lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons), so named for the reddish patch of fur on the foreheads of the males. Read more …

Lemur of the Day: Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur

Bamboo lemur

These lemurs are so cute, I can’t even. Easter lesser bamboo lemurs (Hapalemur griseus griseus) are adorable in part because they are small — about the size of a garden rabbit, though much better at climbing trees than leporids are. But I also love their round eyes and the way their short snouts make them look almost like monkeys. Don’t let … Read more