START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

10 Stunning Lemurs You’ve Never Heard Of (Slideshow)

  • 1 of 10
10 Stunning Lemurs You’ve Never Heard Of (Slideshow)

If you conjure up a mental image of a lemur, what does it look like?

The chances are good that your mental picture has a grey body, a white face with black eye-fur, and a long, black-and-white banded tail: a ring-tailed lemur, or Lemur catta. These lemurs are the most well-known species of lemur, and are featured in everything from movies and television to children’s toys and cereal boxes.

Ring-tailed lemurs are appealing and interesting, of course: they love to sunbathe, and males daub their tails with scent to participate in so-called “stink fights.”

However, many lesser-known lemur species are just as fascinating as the ring-tailed lemur (and, sadly, often much more endangered). Read on to learn more about some of Madagascar’s magnificent lemur species.


10. Crowned Lemur (Eulemur coronatus) above

Crowned lemurs are named for the V-shaped, crown-like marking they have on their forehead. They live in close-knit, female-led social groups on the northern tip of Madagascar. They’re one of the few lemur species that dares cross the tsingy (razor-sharp limestone rock formations): every night before sunset, groups carefully climb through the sharp rocks to reach a safer resting place. Their incisors and canine teeth form a special “toothcomb,” which they use for grooming and tidying their fur.

They are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Photo Credit: Eulemur_coronatus.JPG: Natalie Becker (nano)derivative work: WolfmanSF (Eulemur_coronatus.JPG) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

  • 1 of 10

Read more: Environment, Life, Nature, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Wildlife, , , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Molly Allison-Baker

Molly is a nature and travel enthusiast who is passionate about endangered languages, natural history, and women's and LGBT issues. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, reading, and hanging out with her three cats.


+ add your own
3:25AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Fabulous! How long before some idiots start demanding them as pets?

9:19AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Magnificent creatures! So sad their habitat is dissapearing because of humans as always :(

3:37PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

they are all so cool looking! I'd love to see them in their native land!

3:13AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

so lovely

8:36PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

They 're so lovely :) ty

6:54AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Madagascar is at the top of my dream travel list; I am fascinated by lemurs.

6:38AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Thank you.

5:35PM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


7:09AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


1:22PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Awe :-)

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Leave your lights in the box, & save some power. Another form of precycling.

thank you

Beautiful story with happy end , thanks

A video to help remember there are good things in life. Thanks for sharing.

Sounds good, add a handfull of greens (or a frozen cube!) to make it really super!

Lolly D. Lolly D.
on Peanut Power Shake
36 minutes ago

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.