Wonderful images give a unique insight into island's inhabitants

 Although he belongs to one of the most endangered primate species in the world, this sifaka lemur scampers across a track looking totally carefree.

The black and white lemur shows its dexterity on two legs as it is pictured running along the ground.

The trick shot, which makes it appear as if there are five lemurs, was taken by Dale Morris using time-lapse photography.

The British photographer travelled to Madagascar to get close to the charismatic primates.

There are more than 100 species of lemur living on the African island and all sifkaka are endangered and are classed as between vulnerable and critically endangered.

Mr Morris, 40, was able to capture a vast array of species on camera and his intimate collection includes multiple shots of a bright-white lemur scampering across a path and newborn babies clutching onto their mother's tail.

However, the expedition was not without drama.

Mr Morris said lemurs, such as the ring-tailed, that are thriving on the island are so used to humans that they can cause trouble.

A troop even raided his hotel room when he left the window open.

He said: 'Many of the daytime lemur species live in nature reserves and are quite accustomed to tourists taking their photos.

'They seem to get on with their daily business regardless of who is watching or taking photos of them.

'Some of them are so used to people that they will raid your hotel room looking for food if you leave the window open and will even beg at open-air restaurants.

'A Lemur did a poo down my shirt during one photo shoot. I also woke up in my hotel room in Berenty reserve to find a troop of ring tailed lemurs bouncing around on the bed with me.

'They scattered when I woke and shooed them away, but not before stealing my bananas and also my last packet of cigarettes - which I later found shredded and dumped in the forest.'

Mr Morris, a freelance nature photographer from north London, also travelled to the spiky forests to the south of the island to see species of lemur.

It can be risky business as the trees are heavily spiked and branches easily break and fall when disturbed by the animals.

Mr Morris added: 'I was surprised by how many beautiful lemur species there are - over 100 - and how many of them are close to extinction.

''I learned that once upon a time there were lemur species as large as a man. Now that would have been something to see.'

Astounded: Dale Morris said he was amazed by the vast range of lemur species in Madagascar. There are more than 100 species on the island

Source : dailymail


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