Thursday, October 25, 2007
The Lemur Park
Outside Antananarivo there is a Lemur Park. It's privately owned and admission is about $6.50 U.S. I thought it was fairly well managed and provides an opportunity to see some lemurs up close. While you do not feed them or interact with them, you can watch their feedings. The lemurs seem very happy. They are not in cages and around feeding time they line up waiting eagerly for their fruit plates. Bamboo lemurs, sifaka, brown lemurs, white ruffed lemurs, and mouse lemurs all reside there. The ringtail lemurs are caged, apparently because they were fighting and killed a baby sifaka. There are a number of interesting plant species here as well. While you shouldn't feel deprived if you miss Lemur Park, if you are trying to kill some time in and about the capital it is not a bad way to pass the time.