Endangered Crowned Lemur Holds Tight to Mum
September 17, 2018
A Crowned Lemur, born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, was recently photographed holding tight to mum, Mabanja. The one-month-old baby will cling to its mother’s back for around four months before becoming more independent.
Photo Credits: Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS)
Crowned Lemurs (Eulemur coronatus) are native to Madagascar. Its diet consists mainly of flowers, fruits, and leaves. Females have a gray body with an orange crown, and males are a darker reddish brown, crowned with black and orange.
They typically give birth late September to early October, after a gestation period of 125 days. They have a life span of approximately 20 years.
The Crowned Lemur is a primate that is primarily diurnal but also has periods of feeding activity at night.
They are currently listed as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List due to habitat destruction for cultivation, logging and forest fires.