Spotlight on the colony: Common Brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus)
Here at the reserve, we currently house one adult pair and their male offspring, and they are fed a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as a manufactured primate biscuit. In addition to their daily diets, they also enjoy numerous local plants as browse, such as wax myrtle and gallberry, as well as pine cones stuffed with berries that we hang from the roof of their enclosure as enrichment.
Geographically, E. fulvus populations can be found in east-central rainforest habitats north of the Mangoro River, as well as two distinct populations in north-west dry deciduous forests of Madagascar. Like many other lemurs, their survival is threatened by habitat loss due to slash-and-burn agriculture and hunting, and the IUCN Red List currently rates them as Vulnerable. They do however occur in four national parks and nine reserves.
The IUCN Red List categorizes Common Brown lemurs as ‘Near Threatened.’ Forest destruction is a principal threat with hunting increasingly pressuring populations. They are hunted with blowpipes, firearms, bow and arrow, and traps. Trapping techniques sometimes capture entire groups of Common brown lemurs at one time. Read more about their conservation status and range on the IUCN Red List.