We have five species of Lemur at Porfell, all endangered. In 2010 we took in some extremely rare Black lemurs. One is 32 years old, believed to be the oldest in captivity anywhere in the world, Madie is 7 years old and Laura is way past her breeding prime. But like all the other animals here, whatever their age or condition, they have a home for life at Porfell. Recently, the work we do was highlighted by one of everyone’s favourite animals, when Stumpy the Lemur injured his leg. You can see him in his cast in the gallery below.


There used to be many hundreds of species and sub-species of Lemur on Madagascar, but human encroachment on their natural habit has driven many to extinction, including the famous Giant Lemurs which grew to the size of orang-utans!

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Lemur facts

  • Conservation Status:
  • Habitat: Tropical rainforest
  • Range: Madagascar
  • No of species: c. 100
  • Species at Porfell: Black & White Ruff, Brown, White-Fronted, Black, Ring-Tailed
  • Lifespan: 15-35 years in captivity

Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Primates
  • Suborder: Strepsirrhini
  • Family: Various including Lemuridae


Ring-Tailed Lemurs grooming at Porfell Wildlife Park, Cornwall.

The name Lemur comes from the latin word for ghost.

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