Head and body length: 39 - 45 cm, tail: 51 - 65 cm
2 - 2.9 kg
Estimated at 10,000 - 15,000
Tropical moist lowland and montane forests
Fantastically fruitful. The black lemur's fruit-centric diet is hugely beneficial to the growth and health of its forest home. One of the most frugivorous primates in the world, the lemur spreads the seeds of 38 species of trees, and acts as the sole seed dispenser for all but four of them. It is also an important pollinating agent for certain trees. Small groups, generally led by dominant females, forage in the middle and upper canopy, constantly uttering guttural grunts to keep in contact with one another as they move through the trees. But both the lemur and the forest it nurtures are in danger as habitat loss and hunting threaten to upset their fruitful balance.