Brown lemurs are a group of 12 species of lemur in the genus Eulemur found across Madagascar. Some are relatively common while others are some of the moist threatened primates in the world.

At the Durrell Wildlife Park sanctuary, visitors are able to see the red-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), which is found in the east and west of the country and in the Menabe dry forests where Durrell has been working for the past 25 years. Madagascar's dry forests are some of the brown lemurs most threatened habitat. The forests also contain a number of species found nowhere else, such as the giant jumping rat and narrow-striped mongoose, both of which can be found at our Wildlife Park sanctuary.

Some of the brown lemurs are highly threatened and the grey-headed lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps) is of particular concern. Restricted to tiny fragments of rain-forest on the eastern coast of Madagascar, there are fewer than 1,500 individuals remaining in fragmented and damaged forests. Durrell works to protect lemurs in the Manombo Special Reserve, which is one of the last remaining fragments of coastal rain-forests.


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