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Lemur spotting is effortless in Anjajavy as small families of Coquerel’s sifakas and large troupes of brown lemurs cross and re-cross the hotel property multiple times a day. Neither species seemed perturbed in the slightest by our presence, peering down at us with as much curiosity as we exhibited.

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dsc_7742Whereas the sifakas are monogamous, brown lemurs travel in large packs because they do not have a rigid family structure. The females go into heat for ten days every four months and our visit coincided with their mating period.

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On our night walk through the forest, we also saw dozens of mouse lemurs, their eyes reflecting the beam of the flashlight as they darted around in the thicket. The forest resounded with the calls of the nocturnal sportive lemurs, but these cat-like creatures typically hang out high in the treetops and it was only at the end of our two-hour walk that we found one low enough to photograph.

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In the late afternoons, the hotel staff would set up for tea time in the “oasis” garden, which seemed a particularly popular spot with the diurnal species. While S sipped her tea and enjoyed the tranquility of the oasis, D found it hard to sit still, constantly rushing off to try to capture the perfect shot of a sifaka mid-jump.

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Is it just us, or does this sifaka look like he has been watching too many Michael Jackson videos?

Is it just us, or does this sifaka look like he has been watching too many Michael Jackson videos?

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  1. Margot #

    Now a large group of colegio boys thinks I am totally insane for laughing so hard at this. It looks like you guys are having a great time!

    May 22, 2012
  2. Hilarious – I love this sifaka! Looks like a person in a monkey suit.

    May 23, 2012
    • The crazy thing is how different the various lemurs are. Some look like mice, others like cats, and yet others reminded us of squirrels. The bigger ones look like monkeys, or better yet a cross between a monkey and a little bear.

      May 24, 2012

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