young leaves and flowers
moist lowlands and montane forests
The brown lemur moves through the forest canopy on all fours. Its tail is as long as or longer than its body and is used to maintain its balance when it performs aerial leaps.
Brown lemurs are social animals and this is seen even in their teeth! They have a dental ‘comb’, formed by modified teeth, which they use to groom one another, building relationships. They also communicate verbally – ‘crou’ is to sound the alarm while a high-pitched ‘cree’ is a territorial call.
Brown lemurs are hunted for food. Blowpipes, guns, bow-and-arrows and even traps are used. Sometimes entire groups are captured. Their habitat is increasingly destroyed by slash-and-burn practices, charcoal production and illegal logging. Choose only paper and wood products from responsible sources.