Common brown lemur

While perhaps a little less eye-catching than other lemur species, brown lemurs are nonetheless characterful and do well in captivity.  They spring between branches and use their tails to balance when doing so.  When brown lemurs breed, they make excellent mums and ensure their young never stray too far.  The mums and dads look almost identical, though, so it can be hard to tell who’s who!

Brown lemurs are primarily herbivores, but will also eat insects and other creepy crawlies.  They have been seen to salivate on millipedes and roll them in their hands before eating them, potentially due to some species being poisonous. Their biggest threat, however, is deforestation, and lemurs recently gained the dubious honour of being the most endangered mammal in the world.

 

Scientific name
Eulemur fulvus
Family
Lemuridae
Order
Primate
Lifespan
Approx. 20-25 years
Conservation status
Near threatened