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Crowned Lemur Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Eulemur coronatus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Crowned lemurs are found only in the northernmost area of Madagascar.

  • Status

    Crowned lemurs are endangered. In the past, rugged terrain inhospitable to people helped protect crowned lemurs from human encroachment. Today, logging, burning and grazing have fragmented their habitat, isolated populations and disrupted traveling patterns. Increasingly, they are also poached for food.

  • Habitat

    The species inhabits dry, deciduous forest and mid-altitude rainforest situated on rugged, limestone-shaped terrain. 

  • Niche

    Crowned lemurs forage at all levels of the forest canopy for fruits and leaves and sometimes insects. They are primarily diurnal—active from sunrise to sunset—but occasionally travel after nightfall.

  • Life History

    In the wild, crowned lemurs live in close-knit social groups of 5–6 individuals led by dominant females. Female crowned lemurs are just as likely to give birth to twins as one offspring. Mothers nurse their young for 5–6 months. Crowned lemurs reach maturity at 20 months.

  • Special Adaptations

    Like all lemur species, crowned lemurs have a dental “comb” formed by the lower six incisors and canine teeth. They spend much of their time grooming themselves and each other with this comb and claws well adapted to the purpose.


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