Madagascar – Part 2 – Lemur Island

Madagascar trip continued from Madagascar – Part 1 Arrival and Andasibe

On our way out of Andasibe, our guide mentioned something called Lemur Island to us and urged us to check it out.  We were going to pass it up because we thought it would be like a small lemur zoo, but decided we had the extra $3.00 it would cost us and we mind as well take advantage of some time we had left in the region before our car would be leaving. I am so glad we decided to do it since this turned out to be a highlight of the trip and it was our chance to really get to know the Lemurs.

Riding to Lemur Island

Riding to Lemur Island

While we walked towards the island, our guide yelled to me and threw me a banana and warned me to not get scared if a lemur jumps on my shoulder (WHAT?!?!). Excited, we jumped in a canoe and took the 30 second trip across to the island where we were instantly greeted by these amazingly adorable animals.

Lemur Island, Andasibe Madagascar.  Black & White Ruffed Lemur. Photo by Aimee DiAndrea

Lemur Island, Andasibe Madagascar. Black & White Ruffed Lemur. 

We were a little leery of the Island at first because I’m a big animal advocate, and I never want to see animals taken out of  the wild for human enjoyment.  But Lemur Island is actually a reserve that protects these species and usually takes in rescue lemurs for the island.  Works for me!

It was amazing to actually touch the lemurs and see their funny personalities up close.

Brown Lemurs and a baby brown lemur at Lemur Island, Andasibe, Madagascar

Brown Lemurs and a baby brown lemur at Lemur Island, Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Diademed Sifaka at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Diademed Sifaka at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Diademed Sifaka at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Diademed Sifaka (also known as the dancing Lemur) at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Brown Lemur on Dave's head at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Brown Lemur on Dave’s head at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Black & White Ruffed Lemur eating my bannana at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Black & White Ruffed Lemur eating my banana at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Brown Lemur at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

This was after he was chewing on my bandanna… Brown Lemur at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Bamboo Lemur at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Bamboo Lemur at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar. 

Brown Lemur family at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

How many lemurs are on me??? Brown Lemur family at Lemur Island. Andasibe, Madagascar.

Lemurs are amazing.

Continue reading more in Part 3 of Madagascar

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