Lemur (Collared)

Eulemur collaris

IUCN Red List status: Endangered

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Where they live

south east Madagascar


Tropical moist lowland and montane forest


body length 38-50cm, tail length 45-60cm




20-25 years


The principal threat to the survival of the collared lemur is habitat destruction, due to charcoal production and some slash-and-burn agriculture. It is also reported to be widely hunted for food and trapped occasionally for the local pet trade.

Did you know...

  • They are excellent jumpers, moving from tree to tree with ease and use their tail for balance when needed
  • A lemur’s tail is usually longer than its body

More about colllared lemurs...

Also known as the red-colllared brown lemur, so called because of the collar of thick cream to reddish brown fur around its neck. The collared lemur lives in the tropical and montane forests of south east Madagascar.

It is almost completely arboreal and spends most of its time in the upper layers of the forest. It moves through the trees by using its long back legs to leap and its bushy tail provides balance. Like the black lemur it is cathemeral, showing bursts of activity at various times throughout the day and night.

It lives in multimale-multifemale groups of up to 12 individuals. There is no female dominance as in other lemur species. The collared lemur will smear its own urine all over its body so that it will be recognised by its scent.

Breeding is seasonal with mating occurring in June and July. The female collared lemur gives birth to only a single youngster after a gestation period of 120 days. The youngster will grow to maturity in 1-2 years.

The collared lemur is almost totally herbivorous, with fruits, flowers, bark, sap and leaves making up the majority of its diet. Some insects may be eaten.

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