Lemur Island, Andasibe

Bamboo Lemur, Eyes on bananas

Bamboo Lemur, Eyes on bananas

At first, I didn’t like the idea of ‘Lemur Island’. Lemurs kept captive, no free will to roam.
As it turns out, Lemur island is a sanctuary for injured or unwanted pet lemurs. A wide water channel surrounds the island for their own safety. We crossed the channel in a plastic kayak, quickest kayak trip I ever did. My guide, loaded with bananas, called out and it didn’t take long for the first Lemurs to arrive.

Common Brown Lemur in black and white

Common Brown Lemur in black and white

Common brown Lemurs just love bananas. My guide handed me a peeled banana and sure enough, one of them jumped on to my shoulders.

 

Feeding banana to a brown lemur

Feeding banana to a brown lemur

Their paws are very soft, it is an Incredible feeling having this agile cutie frolicking over your body. A few shyer Bamboo Lemurs arrived on the scene and wanted part of the action.

 

Bamboo Lemurs know what they want

Bamboo Lemurs know what they want

Bamboo Lemurs are fairly small and therefor more careful, being lower on the food chain. They wouldn’t jump on my shoulder, but looked almost human staring at the bananas. Ha ha, so cute.

Don't mess with me

Don’t mess with me

I gave them some bananas in the safety of their trees. Being hand fed with bananas might sound  unanimalistic, but these ones don’t know how to survive in the wild.

For a good cause

For a good cause

And it gives a perfect opportunity for tourists, to interact directly with these very cute animals and take a few close up photos. How often does one have a chance to do that? An unforgettable experience! All profits go directly to the park, a win win situation.

Fingerlicking good

Fingerlicking good

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