The lemur Eulemur rufifrons

Sketch Aurélie Calmet, on an idea ofEvrard Wendenbaum and a script Natexplorers

General informations

Lemurs are known to be the emblem of Madagascar. With more than 100 species, these animals today form the most endangered group among vertebrates and still remain scientifically unknown. Their distribution areas today remain approximate and their behavior still little studied.

Lemurs in the Makay

The various scientific missions that we have organized have made it possible to identify no less than nine species of lemurs in the Makay massif. The most present are Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi, locally called "Sifaka") which is the largest lemur in Makay and which has been critically endangered since 2018 and the red-fronted lemur (Eulemur rufifrons),recognizable by the black band he wears on his face. These two diurnal and curious species often evolve in groups and come to observe us at our base camps. A third species of diurnal lemur is present, but very discreet: it is the bamboo lemur.

Pair of Red-fronted Lemurs (left) and a Verreaux's Sifaka (right)

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