White-fronted Lemur

(Eulemur fulvus albifrons)


White-fronted Lemur IUCN NEAR THREATENED (NT)


Facts about this animal

The white-fronted lemur has a head-body length of approximately 50 cm, and the tail is about 60 cm long. The weight is in the order of 3 kgs but varies during the year. The fur is olive-brown. The face is black, otherwise the male has a pure white head and neck, whereas the female has a grey head. The tail is brown-black with a black tip.

Did you know?
That white-fronted lemurs, as other lemurs, have a grooming claw, i.e. a laterally compressed nail tip, on the second toe of the hind foot?


Name (Scientific) Eulemur fulvus albifrons
Name (English) White-fronted Lemur
Name (French) Lémur à front blanc
Name (German) Weisskopfmaki
Name (Spanish) Lémur de Frente Blanco
Local names Malagasy: Varika
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Adam Britt



Range Eastern Madagascar
Habitat Rainforest
Wild population Approx. > 100'000
Zoo population 115 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

White-fronted Lemur


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 31 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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L. Haefner

Why do zoos keep this animal

White-fronted lemur , being social, diurnal, and appealing looking, are a good ambassador species for the threatened fauna and habitats of Madagascar. The white-fronted lemur is also a species which can be displayed in "Walk-thru" exhibits, allowing for close encounters between animals and people. The public should, however, not be allowed to feed the animals.