Red-fronted brown lemur

Red Fronted Brown Lemur
Scientific Name
Eulemur rufus
Animal type
Conservation Status
Data Deficient


Madagascar MapA new arrival to the Jersey headquarters in 2008, the red-fronted brown lemur is a striking addition to Durrell's collection. Durrell is working with this beautiful primate for the first time, although brown lemurs have lived at our Jersey headquarters in the past. Unlike the other lemurs we have in Jersey, red-fronted brown lemurs are sexually dichromatic – females are reddish brown, males grey-brown with a red crown.

The red-fronted brown lemur is not yet highly threatened itself, as it is found in both western and eastern Madagascar. However, part of its range falls within the western dry forests of Menabe, where Durrell runs an important conservation programme involving field research and community education. Several species in the region are at risk of extinction, including the giant jumping rat, the narrow-striped mongoose and the flat-tailed tortoise.

Groups of red-fronted brown lemurs in the wild usually contain from four to 17 individuals and include several adults of both sexes. They are not particularly territorial and live in very small home ranges, eating mostly leaves, fruit and flowers.

Other Data Deficient Animals