As their name suggests these lemurs all have striking blue eyes. However, males and females always have a different coloured fur; whilst males are completely black, females have a reddish-brown or blonde coat.
In the wild, these lemurs live in groups of several males and females with young. Females are dominant to males.
The lemurs’ diet is primarily made up from fruit, pollen and nectar. During the dry season when food is scarce, they may also eat leaves, seeds, berries and - very occasionally - insects.
The blue-eyed black lemur is found only in a small region of the island of Madagascar, where they live in subtropical moist and dry forests.
The blue-eyed black lemur is Critically Endangered in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss. It has been listed as one of the world's 25 most endangered primates and there are thought to be less than 1,000 individuals left in the wild.
We are taking a number of actions to help safeguard this species. As well as conducting valuable research both in Madagascar and here in Bristol, we have implemented development programmes and conservation education for Madagascan communities and we are maintaining a population of the species in human care.
Blue-eyed black lemurs are one of the rarest mammal species here at Bristol Zoo, and not many zoos in the UK hold this species. Although they are a relatively small lemur species, blue-eyed black lemurs have a big personality - they are very bold and have a strong character.
You can find our blue-eyed black lemurs on lemur island, opposite the Adventure Playground
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