Photographer's Note

When Malgo (emka) commented on my last photograph taken from the Blair Drummond Safari Park, she asked if I'd seen any lemurs in the park. Well, yes, I did - so this one is for our friend, Malgo!

Unlike most human beings and other "simian" primates such as monkeys and apes, the "prosimian" lemurs certainly do nothing to avoid eye contact! In fact lemurs are incredibly beautiful creatures and I sometimes wonder if the World might have been a better place if evolution of the primates had stopped at the prosimian stage.

Unfortunately, this ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) was in an enclosure and not in the wild where I am sure it would have been very much more active. My only sighting of lemurs in the wild was 13 years ago when I had a wonderful trip to Madagascar with one of my daughters. I managed to get this shot of a female black lemur with her baby but it is of rather poor quality as I had stupidly taken some very cheap and poor quality film with me - a big and very silly mistake as I actually had quite a good 35mm camera. And it is even more unfortunate that the political situation in Madagascar nowadays is such that our foreign office strongly advises against visiting that wonderful island.

You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 427 N: 7659] (30513)
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