Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Lemurs! Lemurs! Lemurs!

One of the best things about Vakona Forest Lodge is that it has something called Lemur Island, where a moated island has been dug out and made home to lemurs who were raised as pets. They don't make such great pets, so the lucky ones are given a permanent home here and because they are habituated to people, they readily come to meet the small skiffs that take visitors to the island (or maybe it's the bananas we all bring...).

Crowned Lemur

See the baby?

Diademed Sifaka

Bamboo Lemurs

Brown Lemurs

 With baby:

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs

We did see a few lemurs in the wild, although they're a lot more difficult to photograph. Here are a few of the Indri, a large lemur (upwards of 20 lbs.) with the eeriest cry you'd ever want to hear (although you can hear it here if you wish: Indri do not survive in captivity, so when Madagascar finishes deforesting the entire island, that will be the end for this lemur and many others:

 Cute baby!

Black & White Ruffed Lemur goofing around

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