Madagascar Moment – in Cornwall

Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are endemic to the island of Madagascar.

There are nearly one hundred species of lemur and these are one of the big boys, dwarfing the more commonly seen ring-tailed lemurs that share their enclosure at this private collection in Cornwall. In captivity they can live up to 36 years.

Lemurs are a type of primate called prosimians, in fact the smallest primate in the world is a lemur – the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur – weighing in at just a couple of ounces.

Lemurs are a bit special. They are masters of evolutionary practice and their family tree is extraordinary in its diversity, allowing all near 100 species to co-exist on the same Madagascan island.

Here the black-and-white ruffed lemurs are seemingly more interested in grapes than evolution – and that’s fine by me.

Time with the ring-tailed lemurs

Time with the ring-tailed lemurs