Head over to the Madagascan Walkthrough exhibit to find our family of crowned lemurs – Beloha, Xavier and their offspring Boingy who was born back in June 2020.
Crowned lemurs live in dry, deciduous forest and rainforest of mid-altitude in northern Madagascar.
They mostly eat fruit and leaves, sometimes vertebrates and bird eggs. On occasion they will also eat flowers, pollen, and insects.
The estimated population of crowned lemurs is thought to be no more than 10,000 individuals, which classifies them as Endangered. Crowned lemurs are under threat from habitat loss because of forest fires, cultivation, logging, and development, which has dramatically reduced suitable habitat. Even though Crowned lemurs live in four protected areas, these reserves are fragmented, restricting the lemur’s home ranges and potential for breeding. Research suggests that even within these reserves, logging, grazing and hunting takes place.