Blue-eyed lemur

Blue-eyed lemur Eulemur flavifrons (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyLemuridae
Size39–45cm
Weight1.9kg
Gestation4 months
Birth1
Life-span20–25 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, leaves, flowers, insects)

Habitat
primary and secondary tropical forests

Range
north-west Madagascar


This extremely rare species is listed as critically endangered due to the extreme fragmentation of its population and to the enormous reduction and almost total deforestation of its territories. Blue-eye lemurs are also hunted and trapped for their meat and the illegal pet trade.
 
Tree-dwelling and cathemeral (active day and night), blue-eyed lemurs live in groups of 6–10. In Madagascar the young are born between late August and late October. Their fur is russet-brown, like their mothers’. Males turn black at the age of 6 weeks. They are one of the rare non-human primates to have blue eyes.


La Palmyre Zoo helps protecting this species in the wild by supporting the programme: AEECL

Since 2002 the Zoo de La Palmyre has been a member of AEECL (The Lemur Conservation Association), which finances blue-eyed lemur protection in Madagascar.
www.aeecl.org

 



Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo