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Around 165 million years ago, Madagascar started to become separated from Africa by a vast body of water. This isolation led to the evolution of a primate found nowhere else in the world…the lemur!

Lost Madagascar is Colchester Zoo’s very own little piece of Madagascar right in the centre of the zoo, providing visitors a unique and immersive experience and allowing the chance to be closely surrounded by these charismatic, popular animals. Discover a troop of ring-tailed lemurs within an exciting habitat. Watch them leap around you as you stroll through their serene retreat.


Animals in Lost Madagascar

Black and White Ruffed Lemur ( Varecia verigata variegata)
Mammals

Black and White Ruffed Lemur ( Varecia verigata variegata)

Lost Madagascar

Area:
Madagascar
Status:
Critically endangered
Quick Fact:

In groups, black and white ruffed lemurs produce a chorus of deep, barking, alarm calls, and a wailing howl when defending their territories.

Red-bellied Lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)
Mammals

Red-bellied Lemur (Eulemur rubriventer)

Lost Madagascar

Area:
Eastern Madagascar
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES.
Quick Fact:

Red-bellied lemurs are cathemeral, which means they may be active during the day or night.

Our small group of red-bellied Lemurs can be seen in the Lost Madagascar exhibit, foraging for food and sunbathing!

Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
Mammals

Ring-tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)

Lost Madagascar

Area:
South West Madagascar
Status:
Near Threatened and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Quick Fact:

We have a successful breeding group of Ring-tailed Lemurs that are part of an EEP breeding programme.

Male ring-tailed lemurs compete for females via ‘stink fights’, smearing scent on their tails and wafting the smell towards their opponent.


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