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Small Mammals

Black Lemur

Black lemurs are sexually dimorphic this meaning the sexes look quite different from each other. Male black lemurs have a dark brown to black coloration with black tufted ears and yellow-orange eyes, while females are tawny on the back and head; their underparts are golden-brown to rich-chestnut brown, with paler fur on the limbs, and the tail is a darker chestnut brown.

Black lemurs live in groups of between 2-15 individuals, with adult males and females in equal numbers, together with their dependant offspring. The activities and movements of the group are dictated by the dominant female, and group relationships are maintained by grunts, contact calls and grooming. Home ranges extend for five to six hectares and there is considerable overlap IN the ranges of neighbouring groups.

DID YOU KNOW? Approximately 80% of the diet for the Black lemur comes from various types of fruit. 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Fruit, flowers, leaves, fungi and occasionally invertebrates like millipedes.
Lemuridae
27 years captivity
Vulnerable
North Western Madagascar.
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