Ten Lemur Species in Madagascar – and where to find them

(back to blog)

Madagascar is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth; the island has been isolated from other landmasses for 88 million years, allowing wildlife to evolve in unique and distinct ways. Our local guide Jean Claude joins us today to talk about one of his country’s most famous ambassadors: the lemur.

Madagascar has close to 100 species of lemurs and the quirky animal is one of the emblems of Madagascar. I’ve whittled those 100 species down to 10 species of lemur you absolutely must see when you visit Madagascar: The Ring-Tailed Lemur or Maki, the White Lemur or Dancing Lemur, the red-fronted lemur called “Gidro”, the Indri indri (the biggest lemur in Madagascar!), the Mongoose Lemur, the nocturnal White-Footed Sportive Lemur, the Aye-Aye, the Bamboo Lemur, the Black and White Lemur, and the nocturnal Marohita Mouse Lemur.

To see these lemurs in the wild, you’ll want to go to one of these parks – best for lemur-spotting:

  • Anja Park is the recommended park to go when you want to see groups of ring-tailed lemur.

  • Lemur’s Park is good if you want to see 4 species of lemurs at the same time (Ring-tailed lemur, black and white lemur, dancing lemur and red-fronted lemur.)

  • Andasibe National Park is a good place to see the indri indri.

  • Ankanin’ny nofy, Manamabato village and Ivoloina Private Park near Tamatave are the best locations where you can spot the aye-aye.

  • Berenty Reserve is a place where you can see groups of dancing lemur.

  • Ranomafana National Park is a place where you can see the bamboo lemur up close.
Keep in mind that even if seeing the famous ring tailed lemurs is your priority and your main interest, you should not miss out on seeing Madagascar’s other lemurs and animals - beautiful creatures which make Madagascar such a unique place in the world.

If you’re interested in wildlife, Jean Claude also offers bird watching tours – there are over 100 bird species in Madagascar that are found nowhere else on earth! You can read more about Jean-Claude and all his Madagascar tours here: Jean Claude in Madagascar.
Share This Article