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Crowned lemurs, like all species of lemur, are native to Madagascar. They live only in forests at the northern tip of the island where their wild number is estimated at less than 10,000.

They get their name from the distinctive crown pattern on the top of their heads. Males have a brown and ginger coat with a black spot at the top of their heads whereas females are more grey in colour with a ginger back.

Crowned lemurs live in groups, called troops, of around 6 but this number can be as high as 15. They live up to 20 years in the wild but they are hunted for food, with a number known to have been killed to serve a luxury restaurant trade in parts of Madagascar and are also persecuted for their occasional raids on crops, as well as captured for the local pet trade.

Crowned lemurs have six teeth close together which act as a toothcomb helping them to groom each other
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