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The red-bellied lemur is one of the world’s rarest primates!

They live in small family groups of two parents with up to four young – the group is led by the female. They’re also monogamous, so only have one mate at a time. Distinct markings help red-bellied lemurs identify a potential mate. Males have white eye patches and females have white bellies. Males use scent glands to mark their territory, and they’ll mark females too when competing to mate. They also have tightly packed front teeth which act like a comb when grooming each other’s fur.

Numbers of red-bellied lemur have decreased by more than 30% in recent years
When fully grown, the red-bellied lemur weighs between 3 and 4.5kg!