Blue-eyed lemur Eulemur flavifrons (EEP)
omnivorous (fruit, leaves, flowers, insects)
primary and secondary tropical forests
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.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW