A BBC reporter was swarmed by a group of lemurs as he was trying to record a piece on the zoo, and the video has gone viral.
Alexander Dunlop, a news correspondent for the BBC, was at England’s Banham Zoo reporting on the annual counting of animals. The location for the said report? The lemur enclosure.
As you might imagine, the highly curious and energetic lemurs hijacked the segment as they leaped all over Dunlop.
Take a look at the video below and watch it all unfold for yourself!
Most of the lemurs in the video are ring-tailed lemurs. Their highly social behavior and easily recognizable features make them the most popular type of lemur, highlighted by their appearance in the animated movie “Madagascar.”
Despite their popularity in zoos worldwide, the ring-tailed lemur is listed as endangered in the wild due to habitat loss, poaching, and hunting.
The other type of lemur seen in this video is a red ruffed lemur. This lemur is listed as critically endangered due to excessive logging in their habitat.
All lemurs are native from the island of Madagascar off the coast of Africa. Lemurs range in size from the tiny 1.1-ounce mouse lemur to the medium-sized indri which can weigh up to 20 pounds.
Lemurs are one of the world’s most endangered species of animal, as 90% of all lemur species face extinction within the next 20-25 years.
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