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Crowned Lemur (Eulemur coronatus)

The crowned lemur is one of the smaller species of the Lemuridae family, with a body length of about 34cm [Mittermeier et al., 1994] and a mean body weight of 1177g [n=4; Terranova & Coffman, 1997]. It occurs in practically all forest types on the Cap d’Ambre peninsula, north Madagascar and south to Ambilobe, as well as east to just north of Sambava. Mittermeier et al. [1994] estimate population size to be about 10,000-100,000, based on known densities and estimates of forest cover within the species’ range. E. coronatus is classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN. The European captive population, recorded in the European Studbook [Lefaux, 2011], numbered 51 individuals as of January 2012. The studbook is maintained by Mulhouse Zoo.
The diet of crowned lemurs largely consists of fruit, but also includes young leaves, flowers, pollen, and occasionally insects [B. Freed, pers. comm. to Mittermeier et al., 1994].


Lefaux, B. 2011. Studbook for the Crowned Lemur (Eulemur coronatus) No 10. Mulhouse (France): Zoo de Mulhouse.

Mittermeier RA, Tattersall I, Konstant WR, Meyers DM, Mast RB. 1994. Lemurs of Madagascar. Conservation International Tropical Field Guide Series. Washington (DC): Conservation International.

Terranova CJ, Coffman BS. 1997. Body weights of wild and captive lemurs. Zoo Biology 16:17-30.