Animals & Attractions

We currently have a small family of crowned lemurs.

Breeding Programme Category:

They are part of the European Stud Book Programme (ESB)

Location in the Zoo:

Our crowned lemurs can be found in the enclosure next to the Lemur Walkthrough.

In the Wild

Crowned lemurs (Eulemur coronatus) are found in the forests of northern Madagascar. They are the smallest species belonging to the Eulemur genus, reaching between 12-15 inches long and weighing 2kg. 

They can live in groups of up to 15, although this is normally a lot smaller of five or six. Their diet consists of flowers, fruit and leaves, although they will occasionally eat bird eggs and vertebrates. 

The male crowned lemur is predominately brown in colour with grey-brown underparts, while the female is grey with creamy-white underparts. Their name comes from the marking above the brow line, near the eyes. Both males and females have the crowns, and it is brown-orange in colour. They have bright orange eyes and a long thick tail. 

Mating tends to occur in May and June with a gestation period of approximately 125 days. Females give birth to one or two infants and these are normally carried on their mother’s front for the first few months. 

This species is mainly threatened by habitat loss due to logging, cultivation and forest fires. Although this species mainly occurs in protected areas, the populations themselves are fragmented and this restricts breeding potential.

 

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