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We have four species of lemur at Bristol Zoo Project; Alaotran gentle, black-and-white ruffed, blue-eyed black and ring-tailed.

Fun Fact

Ring-tailed lemurs use the scent glands on their wrists and chest to mark their territory. Males also use their tails to waft the smell towards their rivals!


Madagascar is one of the places where lemurs are naturally found in the wild. Despite being a biodiversity hotspot, the island’s species are threatened by high levels of habitat loss due to a rapidly growing human population.

Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals in the world, and some species, including the blue-eyed black lemur, are classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered.

Read about our conservation successes in Madagascar.


Our four species of lemur live alongside each other in the ‘Discover Madagascar’ area. Get up close to these magnificent and mischievous primates in our Lemur Walkthrough, where the animals leap and play all around you.

Visit the lemurs at Bristol Zoo Project

See our lemurs in the Discover Madagascar area, and get up close in the Lemur Walkthrough!